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cer·e·mo·ny

 (sĕr′ə-mō′nē)
n. pl. cer·e·mo·nies
1. A formal act or set of acts performed as prescribed by ritual or custom: a wedding ceremony; the Japanese tea ceremony.
2. A conventional social gesture or act of courtesy: the ceremony of shaking hands when introduced.
3. A formal act without intrinsic purpose; an empty form: ignored the ceremony of asking for comments from other committee members.
4. Strict observance of formalities or etiquette: The head of state was welcomed with full ceremony.

[Middle English ceremonie, from Latin caerimōnia, religious rite.]

ceremony

(ˈsɛrɪmənɪ)
n, pl -nies
1. a formal act or ritual, often set by custom or tradition, performed in observation of an event or anniversary: a ceremony commemorating Shakespeare's birth.
2. a religious rite or series of rites
3. a courteous gesture or act: the ceremony of toasting the Queen.
4. ceremonial observances or gestures collectively: the ceremony of a monarchy.
5. stand on ceremony to insist on or act with excessive formality
6. without ceremony in a casual or informal manner
[C14: from Medieval Latin cēremōnia, from Latin caerimōnia what is sacred, a religious rite]

cer•e•mo•ny

(ˈsɛr əˌmoʊ ni)

n., pl. -nies.
1. the formal activities conducted on some solemn or important public or state occasion.
2. a formal religious or sacred observance; a solemn rite: a marriage ceremony.
3. any formal act, esp. one performed without meaning or significance.
4. a gesture or act of politeness or civility.
5. formality: to leave without ceremony.
Idioms:
stand on ceremony, to behave in a formal or ceremonious manner.
[1350–1400; Middle English cerimonie (< Middle French) < Latin caerimōnia sacred rite]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ceremony - a formal event performed on a special occasionceremony - a formal event performed on a special occasion; "a ceremony commemorating Pearl Harbor"
social function, social occasion, occasion, affair, function - a vaguely specified social event; "the party was quite an affair"; "an occasion arranged to honor the president"; "a seemingly endless round of social functions"
circumstance - formal ceremony about important occasions; "pomp and circumstance"
funeral - a ceremony at which a dead person is buried or cremated; "hundreds of people attended his funeral"
hymeneals, nuptials, wedding, wedding ceremony - the social event at which the ceremony of marriage is performed
pageantry, pageant - a rich and spectacular ceremony
dedication - a ceremony in which something (as a building) is dedicated to some goal or purpose
opening - a ceremony accompanying the start of some enterprise
commemoration, memorialisation, memorialization - a ceremony to honor the memory of someone or something
military ceremony - a formal ceremony performed by military personnel
induction, initiation, installation - a formal entry into an organization or position or office; "his initiation into the club"; "he was ordered to report for induction into the army"; "he gave a speech as part of his installation into the hall of fame"
exercise - (usually plural) a ceremony that involves processions and speeches; "academic exercises"
fire walking - the ceremony of walking barefoot over hot stones or a bed of embers
formalities, formality - a requirement of etiquette or custom; "a mere formality"
Maundy - a public ceremony on Maundy Thursday when the monarch distributes Maundy money
potlatch - a ceremonial feast held by some Indians of the northwestern coast of North America (as in celebrating a marriage or a new accession) in which the host gives gifts to tribesmen and others to display his superior wealth (sometimes, formerly, to his own impoverishment)
2.ceremony - any activity that is performed in an especially solemn elaborate or formal way; "the ceremony of smelling the cork and tasting the wine"; "he makes a ceremony of addressing his golf ball"; "he disposed of it without ceremony"
activity - any specific behavior; "they avoided all recreational activity"
chanoyu, tea ceremony - an ancient ritual for preparing and serving and drinking tea
3.ceremony - the proper or conventional behavior on some solemn occasion; "an inaugural ceremony"
groundbreaking, groundbreaking ceremony - the ceremonial breaking of the ground to formally begin a construction project
purgation, purification - a ceremonial cleansing from defilement or uncleanness by the performance of appropriate rites
activity - any specific behavior; "they avoided all recreational activity"
lustrum - a ceremonial purification of the Roman population every five years following the census
religious ceremony, religious ritual - a ceremony having religious meaning
military ceremony - a military custom performed in observance of some event or anniversary
presentation - the activity of formally presenting something (as a prize or reward); "she gave the trophy but he made the presentation"

ceremony

noun
1. ritual, service, rite, observance, commemoration, solemnities The flag was blessed in a ceremony in the local cathedral.
2. formality, ceremonial, propriety, decorum, formal courtesy He was crowned with great ceremony.

ceremony

noun
1. A formal act or set of acts prescribed by ritual:
2. A conventional social gesture or act without intrinsic purpose:
3. Strict observance of social conventions:
Translations
احْتِفال رَسْميمَرَاسِممَراسيم، طُقوس
obřadceremonie
ceremonihøjtidelighedpragt
tseremoonia
seremonia
ceremonijaobredsvečanost
ceremónia
formleg og hátíîleg athöfnviîhöfn
儀式
의식
ceremonijaceremoningaiceremoningasceremoningumasiškilmingai
ceremoniāla izturēšanāsceremonija
ceremónia
slovesnost
ceremoni
พิธีการ
nghi lễ

ceremony

[ˈserɪmənɪ] Nceremonia f
to stand on ceremonyandarse con ceremonias or cumplidos
let's not stand on ceremonydejémonos de ceremonias or cumplidos

ceremony

[ˈsɛrɪməni] n
(= formal event) → cérémonie f
(= ritual) → rituel m
to stand on ceremony → faire des façons
pomp and ceremony → cérémonial m

ceremony

n
(= event etc)Zeremonie f, → Feier (→ lichkeiten pl) f
(= formality)Förmlichkeit (→ en pl) f; to stand on ceremonyförmlich sein

ceremony

[ˈsɛrɪmənɪ] n (event) → cerimonia; (no pl, formality) → cerimonie fpl
to stand on ceremony → attenersi all'etichetta, fare complimenti

ceremony

(ˈserəməni) , ((American) -mouni) plural ˈceremonies noun
1. a sacred or formal act, eg a wedding, funeral etc. a marriage ceremony.
2. solemn display and formality. pomp and ceremony.
ˌcereˈmonial (-ˈməu-) adjective
formal or official. a ceremonial occasion such as the opening of parliament.
ˌcereˈmonially adverb
ˌcereˈmonious (-ˈməu-) adjective
(negative unceremonious) carefully formal or polite.
ˌcereˈmoniously adverb

ceremony

مَرَاسِم obřad ceremoni Zeremonie τελετή ceremonia seremonia cérémonie ceremonija cerimonia 儀式 의식 ceremonie seremoni ceremonia cerimónia, cerimônia церемония ceremoni พิธีการ tören nghi lễ 仪式
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