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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.]
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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]
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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]
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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"
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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.
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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:
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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
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ceremony

[ˈsɛrɪməni] n
(= formal event) → cérémonie f
(= ritual) → rituel m
to stand on ceremony → faire des façons
pomp and ceremony → cérémonial m
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

ceremony

n
(= event etc)Zeremonie f, → Feier (→ lichkeiten pl) f
(= formality)Förmlichkeit (→ en pl) f; to stand on ceremonyförmlich sein
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

ceremony

[ˈsɛrɪmənɪ] n (event) → cerimonia; (no pl, formality) → cerimonie fpl
to stand on ceremony → attenersi all'etichetta, fare complimenti
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

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
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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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He told him, moreover, that in this castle of his there was no chapel in which he could watch his armour, as it had been pulled down in order to be rebuilt, but that in a case of necessity it might, he knew, be watched anywhere, and he might watch it that night in a courtyard of the castle, and in the morning, God willing, the requisite ceremonies might be performed so as to have him dubbed a knight, and so thoroughly dubbed that nobody could be more so.
Having thus, with hot haste and speed, brought to a conclusion these never-till-now-seen ceremonies, Don Quixote was on thorns until he saw himself on horseback sallying forth in quest of adventures; and saddling Rocinante at once he mounted, and embracing his host, as he returned thanks for his kindness in knighting him, he addressed him in language so extraordinary that it is impossible to convey an idea of it or report it.
As the religious ceremonies had all been performed at the door, and there was no address given, the party all separated; Chateau-Renaud, Albert, and Morrel, went one way, and Debray and Beauchamp the other.
The women cried over Cathy, so did even those stern warriors, the Rocky Mountain Rangers; Shekels was there, and the Cid, and Sardanapalus, and Potter, and Mongrel, and Sour-Mash, Famine, and Pestilence, and Cathy kissed them all and wept; details of the several arms of the garrison were present to represent the rest, and say good-bye and God bless you for all the soldiery; and there was a special squad from the Seventh, with the oldest veteran at its head, to speed the Seventh's Child with grand honors and impressive ceremonies; and the veteran had a touching speech by heart, and put up his hand in salute and tried to say it, but his lips trembled and his voice broke, but Cathy bent down from the saddle and kissed him on the mouth and turned his defeat to victory, and a cheer went up.
The next act closed the ceremonies, and was a moving surprise.
Evidently these two young men were unfamiliar with the dueling ceremonies, though they were not unfamiliar with the sword.
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And it has been the custom of divers nations to infuse something of sadness into their marriage ceremonies, so to keep death in mind while contracting that engagement which is life's chiefest business.
Sylvie simply stroked the great paw: Bruno hugged it: the Master of the Ceremonies looked shocked.
The manual rites then ceased and all present reverted to the more spiritual part of the ceremonies.
His firmly compressed and expressive lips then severed, and for the first time during the long ceremonies his voice was distinctly audible.
The DG ISPR said that ceremonies will be held on the Defence Day across the country and the pictures of the martyrs will be put on display.