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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
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The French officer likewise represented, with evident satisfaction, that under their tuition the king and queen had imbibed proper notions of their elevated station, and on all ceremonious occasions conducted themselves with suitable dignity.
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A week after his arrival, the young Polish count, Willarski, whom Pierre had known slightly in Petersburg society, came into his room one evening in the official and ceremonious manner in which Dolokhov's second had called on him, and, having closed the door behind him and satisfied himself that there was nobody else in the room, addressed Pierre.