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.
--Prescott.

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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