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[ser-uh-moh-nee-uh s] /ˌsɛr əˈmoʊ ni əs/
carefully observant of ceremony; formally or elaborately polite:
He greeted his rival with a ceremonious display of friendship.
pertaining to, marked by, or consisting of ceremony; formal:
a ceremonious reception.
Origin of ceremonious
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.
1. ceremonial; conventional, punctilious. Unabridged
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  • "If you will excuse me, sir, I shall leave you," said Lucian ceremoniously.

    The Silent House Fergus Hume
  • She had received these ceremoniously, without losing her air of sadness.

    An Eagle Flight Jos Rizal
  • The Duchess held out her hand to Michael, who kissed it ceremoniously.

    The Enemies of Women Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • On the threshold he faced about, and made them a bow, which they as ceremoniously returned.

    Major Vigoureux A. T. Quiller-Couch
  • The young admiral became a convert to Brahminism, and was ceremoniously blessed by the arch-priests of the Temple.

    The Pirates' Who's Who Philip Gosse
British Dictionary definitions for ceremoniously


especially or excessively polite or formal
observing ceremony; involving formalities
Derived Forms
ceremoniously, adverb
ceremoniousness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for ceremoniously



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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