Definitions for: Ceremonial

[n] a formal event performed on a special occasion; "a ceremony commemorating Pearl Harbor"
[adj] marked by pomp or ceremony or formality; "a ceremonial occasion"; "ceremonial garb"

Webster (1913) Definition: Cer`e*mo"ni*al, a. [L. caerimonialis: cf. F.
c['e]rimonial. See Ceremony.]
1. Relating to ceremony, or external rite; ritual; according
to the forms of established rites.

Ceremonial observances and outward show. --Hallam.

2. Observant of forms; ceremonious.

Note: [In this sense ceremonious is now preferred.] --Donne.

He moves in the dull ceremonial track. --Druden.

Cer`e*mo"ni*al, n.
1. A system of rules and ceremonies, enjoined by law, or
established by custom, in religious worship, social
intercourse, or the courts of princes; outward form.

The gorgeous ceremonial of the Burgundian court.

2. The order for rites and forms in the Roman Catholic
church, or the book containing the rules prescribed to be
observed on solemn occasions.

Synonyms: ceremonial occasion, ceremony, formal, observance

See Also: affair, circumstance, commemoration, dedication, exercise, fire walking, formalities, formality, function, funeral, induction, initiation, installation, Maundy, memorialisation, memorialization, military ceremony, nuptials, occasion, opening, pageant, pageantry, social function, social occasion, wedding, wedding ceremony

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