Definitions for: Ceremony

[n] 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"
[n] the proper or conventional behavior on some solemn occasion; "an inaugural ceremony"
[n] a formal event performed on a special occasion; "a ceremony commemorating Pearl Harbor"

Webster (1913) Definition: Cer"e*mo*ny, n.; pl. Ceremonies. [F.
c['e]r['e]monie, L. caerimonia; perh. akin to E. create and
from a root signifying to do or make.]
1. Ar act or series of acts, often of a symbolical character,
prescribed by law, custom, or authority, in the conduct of
important matters, as in the performance of religious
duties, the transaction of affairs of state, and the
celebration of notable events; as, the ceremony of
crowning a sovereign; the ceremonies observed in
consecrating a church; marriage and baptismal ceremonies.

According to all the rites of it, and according to
all the ceremonies thereof shall ye keep it [the
Passover]. --Numb. ix. 3

Bring her up the high altar, that she may The sacred
ceremonies there partake. --Spenser.

[The heralds] with awful ceremony And trumpet's
sound, throughout the host proclaim A solemn
council. --Milton.

2. Behavior regulated by strict etiquette; a formal method of
performing acts of civility; forms of civility prescribed
by custom or authority.

Ceremony was but devised at first To set a gloss on
. . . hollow welcomes . . . But where there is true
friendship there needs none. --Shak.

Al ceremonies are in themselves very silly things;
but yet a man of the world should know them.

3. A ceremonial symbols; an emblem, as a crown, scepter,
garland, etc. [Obs.]

Disrobe the images, If you find them decked with
ceremonies. . . . Let no images Be hung with
C[ae]sar's trophies. --Shak.

4. A sign or prodigy; a portent. [Obs.]

C[ae]sar, I never stood on ceremonies, Yet, now they
fright me. --Shak.

Master of ceremonies, an officer who determines the forms
to be observed, or superintends their observance, on a
public occasion.

Not to stand on ceremony, not to be ceremonious; to be
familiar, outspoken, or bold.

Synonyms: ceremonial, ceremonial occasion, observance

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