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ceremonious

[ser-uh-moh-nee-uh s] /ˌsɛr əˈmoʊ ni əs/
adjective
1.
carefully observant of ceremony; formally or elaborately polite:
He greeted his rival with a ceremonious display of friendship.
2.
pertaining to, marked by, or consisting of ceremony; formal:
a ceremonious reception.
Origin of ceremonious
1545-1555
1545-55; ceremony + -ous; compare Middle French cerimonieux < Late Latin caerimōniōsus
Related forms
ceremoniously, adverb
ceremoniousness, noun
anticeremonious, adjective
anticeremoniously, adverb
anticeremoniousness, noun
nonceremonious, adjective
nonceremoniously, adverb
nonceremoniousness, noun
superceremonious, adjective
superceremoniously, adverb
superceremoniousness, noun
Can be confused
ceremonial, ceremonious.
Synonyms
1. ceremonial; conventional, punctilious.
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Examples from the Web for ceremonious
Historical Examples
  • You are cold and ceremonious; what, in colloquial language, we should call short.

    Albert Savarus Honore de Balzac
  • The note was not a long one, nor was it encumbered by any ceremonious phraseology.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • Something he wanted in life had been refused him point-blank; in ceremonious terms, but with uncompromising plainness.

    Angelot Eleanor Price
  • Finally, she bowed in a manner sufficiently distant and ceremonious.

    Aunt Rachel David Christie Murray
  • Numberless and numbered droskies were darting through the streets, carrying gayly dressed officers making their ceremonious calls.

  • Hat and gloves are invariably worn with this gown if the affair is ceremonious.

    The Etiquette of To-day Edith B. Ordway
  • ceremonious etiquette and detail duties were punctiliously observed.

    Mexico Susan Hale
  • His phrases are ceremonious without the dignity of ceremony.

    The Children Alice Meynell
  • The roasted leg or the saddle are the only forms of mutton permissible to serve at a ceremonious dinner.

    The Century Cook Book Mary Ronald
  • He was ushered into the ceremonious, barely-furnished, best room.

    Mountain Blood Joseph Hergesheimer
British Dictionary definitions for ceremonious

ceremonious

/ˌsɛrɪˈməʊnɪəs/
adjective
1.
especially or excessively polite or formal
2.
observing ceremony; involving formalities
Derived Forms
ceremoniously, adverb
ceremoniousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for ceremonious
adj.

1550s, from Middle French cérémonieux or directly from Late Latin caerimoniosus, from Latin caerimonia (see ceremony). Meaning "full of show and ceremony" is from 1610s. Related: Ceremoniously; ceremoniousness.

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