ceremonious

[ser-uh-moh-nee-uhs]
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:
1545–55; ceremony + -ous; compare Middle French cerimonieux < Late Latin caerimōniōsus

ceremoniously, adverb
ceremoniousness, noun
anticeremonious, adjective
anticeremoniously, adverb
anticeremoniousness, noun
nonceremonious, adjective
nonceremoniously, adverb
nonceremoniousness, noun
superceremonious, adjective
superceremoniously, adverb
superceremoniousness, noun

ceremonial, ceremonious.


1. ceremonial; conventional, punctilious.
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ceremonious (ˌsɛrɪˈməʊnɪəs)
 
adj
1.  especially or excessively polite or formal
2.  observing ceremony; involving formalities
 
cere'moniously
 
adv
 
cere'moniousness
 
n

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ceremonious
1555, from Fr. cérémonieux, from L. cærimoniosus, from cærimonia (see ceremony). Meaning "full of show and ceremony" is from 1611. Ceremoniously is recorded from 1596.
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Example sentences
There, after ceremonious addresses and formal greetings, something strange occurred.
Preparation is meticulous, and consumption is ceremonious and deliberate.
People gather for the ceremonious dressing of the statue.
They are excessively ceremonious, and sit on the ground leaning backward on their heels, and cross-legged.
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