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1. Strictly observant of or devoted to ceremony, ritual, or etiquette; punctilious: "borne on silvery trays by ceremonious world-weary waiters" (Financial Times).
a. Characterized by ceremony.
b. In accord with prescribed or customary usage; rigidly formal.

cer′e·mo′ni·ous·ly adv.
cer′e·mo′ni·ous·ness n.


1. especially or excessively polite or formal
2. observing ceremony; involving formalities
ˌcereˈmoniously adv
ˌcereˈmoniousness n


(ˌsɛr əˈmoʊ ni əs)

1. carefully observant of ceremony.
2. marked by or consisting of ceremony; formal.
[1545–55; « Late Latin]
cer`e•mo′ni•ous•ly, adv.
cer`e•mo′ni•ous•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.ceremonious - characterized by pomp and ceremony and stately display
2.ceremonious - rigidly formal or bound by convention; "their ceremonious greetings did not seem heartfelt"
formal - being in accord with established forms and conventions and requirements (as e.g. of formal dress); "pay one's formal respects"; "formal dress"; "a formal ball"; "the requirement was only formal and often ignored"; "a formal education"


1. Fond of or given to ceremony:
2. Of or characterized by ceremony:
رَسْمي جِدّا، طَقْسي
ceremonielhøjtideligifølge protokollen
formlega kurteis


[ˌserɪˈməʊnɪəs] ADJceremonioso


adjförmlich, zeremoniös (geh)


[ˌsɛrɪˈməʊnɪəs] adjformale; (slightly pej) → cerimonioso/a


(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
References in classic literature ?
There were to be no ceremonious performances, everything was to be as natural and homelike as possible, so when Aunt March arrived, she was scandalized to see the bride come running to welcome and lead her in, to find the bridegroom fastening up a garland that had fallen down, and to catch a glimpse of the paternal minister marching upstairs with a grave countenance and a wine bottle under each arm.
This sluggishness on Colonel Pyncheon's part became still more unaccountable, when the second dignitary of the province made his appearance, and found no more ceremonious a reception.
My mother was all American - no alkali-spider about HER, I can tell you; she was of the best blood of Kentucky, the bluest Blue-grass aristocracy, very proud and acrimonious - or maybe it is ceremonious.
Woodhouse, a long, civil, ceremonious note, to say, with Mr.
Instead of returning my 'Good morning' with his usual affability, he looked at me in a distant, ceremonious manner, and coldly requested me to accompany him to a certain coffee-house, which, in those days, had a door opening into the Commons, just within the little archway in St.
This was not a very ceremonious way of rendering homage to a patron saint; but, I believe Old Clem stood in that relation towards smiths.
Having made this goodly provision for washing down the supper, he seemed to think no farther ceremonious scruple necessary on his part; but filling both cups, and saying, in the Saxon fashion, ``Waes hael, Sir Sluggish Knight
All this time Sancho stood by, gaping with amazement at the honour he saw shown to his master by these illustrious persons; and observing all the ceremonious pressing that had passed between the duke and Don Quixote to induce him to take his seat at the head of the table, he said, "If your worship will give me leave I will tell you a story of what happened in my village about this matter of seats.
Dick, on his part, was as white as a sheet; his eyes burned and his lips trembled with anger as he thrust the door suddenly open, introduced Esther with ceremonious gallantry, and stood forward and knocked his hat firmer on his head like a man about to leap.
But Conseil had one fault: he was ceremonious to a degree, and would never speak to me but in the third person, which was sometimes provoking.
They were hungry, and the smell of the roasted kid was very savory, and your tars are not very ceremonious.
The freedom of the action, so contrary to the ceremonious respect which was then considered due to rank and dignity, awakened general surprise, and in none more than in the Lieutenant-Governor himself.