Definition of 'ceremony'


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1. A ritual with religious significance.

2. An official gathering to celebrate, commemorate, or otherwise mark some event.

3. Formal socially-established behaviour often in relation to people of different ranks.

4. A formal act or set of acts performed as prescribed by ritual or custom.

5. Strict observance of formalities or etiquette.

6. A conventional social gesture or act of courtesy.

7. A formal act without intrinsic purpose; an empty form.

8. 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.

9. obsolete A sign or prodigy; a portent.

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

11. not to be ceremonious; to be familiar, outspoken, or bold.

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

13. obsolete A ceremonial symbols; an emblem, as a crown, scepter, garland, etc.

14. any activity that is performed in an especially solemn elaborate or formal way

15. the proper or conventional behavior on some solemn occasion

16. A usage of politeness, or such usages collectively; formality; a punctilious adherence to conventional forms; punctilio.

17. Synonyms Form, Ceremony, Rite, Observance. Form is the most general of these words; it is impossible to join in worship without the use of some forms, however simple; we speak of legal forms, etc. Ceremony is a broader word than rite, in that a rite is always solemn and either an act of religion or suggestive of it, as marriage-rites, the rites of initiation, while ceremony goes so far as to cover forms of politeness. A rite is generally a prescribed or customary form, while a ceremony may be improvised tor an occasion: as, the ceremony of laying a corner-stone or opening a new bridge. Observance is primarily a compliance with a requirement, as in religion, where the word was applied to the act of compliance; as, the observance of the sabbath.

18. An officer in many European cathedrals whose business it is to see that all the ceremonies, vestments, etc., peculiar to each season and festival are observed in the choir.

19. A religious observance; a solemn rite.

20. The formalities observed on some solemn or important public or state occasion in order to render it more imposing or impressive: as, the ceremony of crowning a king, or of laying a foundation-stone; the ceremony of inaugurating the President of the United States.

21. A sign or portent; a prodigy.

22. A ceremonial symbol or decoration.

23. To confirm or join by a ceremony.


1. They actually go through a special ceremony in front of their friends.

2. People party all night at award ceremonies.

3. The pair further fuelled rumours by appearing arm in arm at an award ceremony in September.

4. For years he's been at the same bars and the same awards ceremonies as them.

5. It began with West being unhappy with the way a vote had gone at a cultural awards ceremony.

6. Today's ceremony has special meaning.

7. The ceremony took place at Buckingham Palace.

8. When the awards ceremony rolls around next month she'll have the perfect gear to relax in while she watches it from the comfort of her sofa.

9. This would be set alight and the bird served with much pomp and ceremony.

10. Their friends and family watch the ceremony via a webcam in the chapel.

11. He is similarly unimpressed by big budgets for the opening ceremony.

12. Clergy routinely decline to perform some marriage ceremonies based on their religious beliefs.

13. This was the area where funeral ceremonies took place.

14. Their secretive rituals and mysterious ceremonies have gone largely unchanged for centuries.

15. It is unclear when the ceremony took place.

16. They miss the public recognition of this in a religious ceremony.

17. Collecting my degree with that silly hat and gown at the ceremony was so special.

18. All ministers should have a formal ceremony when they are appointed to impress upon them that duty.

19. Four billion people are expected to tune in to the opening ceremony alone.

20. The church had always used ritual and ceremony to approach the divine.

21. The awards ceremony is organised and presented by members of staff.

22. But new recruits are always forced to undergo tough initiation ceremonies as a rite of passage before joining.

23. There was no pomp or ceremony from two actors who have probably earned the right to a little grandeur.

24. But my idea of a great wedding is a nice ceremony with family and friends and a good party afterwards.

25. There was a further funeral ceremony in Bologna.

26. And the issue of bible vs koran for a swearing in ceremony is totally dumb.

27. Such vain ceremony is a thin disguise of rebellion, nor are there perhaps any personal wrongs that can authorize a subject to take arms against his sovereign: but the want of preparation and success may confirm the assurance of the usurper, that this decisive step was the effect of necessity rather than of choice.

28. The conch shell lets out a last bellowing call and warns any remaining straggler that the ceremony is about to begin.

29. This ceremony is a tribute to all prisoners of war and soldiers who remain missing.

30. A tea ceremony is a coming together in feeling, a meeting of good comrades in a good season.

31. I may say in passing, that to see my novel Thousand Cranes as an evocation of the formal and spiritual beauty of the tea ceremony is a misreading.

32. The high point of the ceremony is his reading of a carefully prepared address, known as the Speech from the Throne.

33. This ceremony is an integral part of their judicial administration.

34. _ The writer witnessed what he calls the ceremony of consecration in the case of a young man of the highest rank in Somosomo and he has described what he saw.

35. ‘Monday saw a ceremony to celebrate the achievements of sports people in the area.’

36. ‘This grove of trees is sacred to the Adivasis and in the past was used during many ceremonies and religious events.’

37. ‘Earlier this month, it was revealed he will receive a life achievement award at a ceremony in Los Angeles next June.’

38. ‘The celebrations start with a religious ceremony during which the army flags are blessed.’

39. ‘Marriages are celebrated in a civil ceremony that may be followed by a religious rite.’

40. ‘The saint's day is celebrated by a fiesta that includes a religious ceremony.’

41. ‘This applied to public ceremonies and domestic rites such as festivals, weddings and funerals.’

42. ‘Italian officialdom incorporated the celebration of mass in public ceremonies.’

43. ‘The ceremony of baptism celebrates an individual's entrance into Christianity.’

44. ‘When the religious ceremony was over a firing party of seven fired three volleys of shots into the air.’

45. ‘Jewish boys are circumcised eight days after birth in a religious ceremony called a bris.’

46. ‘The next time they were to meet was in May for the wedding ceremony and celebration.’

47. ‘The day's activities began with religious ceremonies in the morning and the pouring of the water.’

48. ‘It has been the center of all the religious ceremonies and rites for the Islamic community.’

49. ‘Students taking part in a pioneering education scheme have received achievement awards at a special ceremony.’

50. ‘The university is expected to confer the honorary degree on her at the university's graduation ceremony in December.’

51. ‘At Manchester, the pledge is a formal part of the graduation ceremony, and participants wear a green ribbon.’

52. ‘The lecture will be part of a special opening ceremony paying tribute to the nation's health care professionals.’

53. ‘Before the meeting got underway, there was a brief opening ceremony.’

54. ‘The newspaper also picked up awards in the sales and distribution areas of its business at a glittering ceremony.’

55. ‘In the earlier period of Chinese history, jade played a pivotal role in ceremony and ritual.’

56. ‘The magnificent pomp and ceremony of Royal occasions remains a rich symbol of Britain's great history.’

57. ‘For the first time we have a glimpse of the perishable artefacts which played such a major role in Aztec rituals, pomp and ceremony.’

58. ‘Not so long ago a new train service was inaugurated with due pomp and ceremony.’

59. ‘The long awaited Wootton Bassett War Memorial is due to be unveiled with due pomp and ceremony in October.’

60. ‘The monarchy is all about show, the man cloaked and hidden from view by pomp, ceremony and symbolism.’

61. ‘Meet the man himself and take a peak behind his curtains to see what really goes on behind all the pomp and ceremony.’

62. ‘I also think the pomp and ceremony of the meeting means little to ordinary people in Preston.’

63. ‘The advent of the Empire brought the return of a full-blown court with all its pomp and ceremony.’

64. ‘Some people have made a fuss, but why not have a bit of ceremony to welcome our new citizens.’

65. ‘We had so much pomp and ceremony, and everyone was part of it.’

66. ‘It could be viewed as old-style, Communist pomp and ceremony aimed at boosting the morale and devotion of the people.’

67. ‘Atherly said had he been at home, Durity would have been given the pomp and ceremony befitting a former mayor.’

68. ‘For all the pomp and ceremony and the thousands lining the streets, this was also an intensely personal service.’

69. ‘The visit would have involved huge pomp and ceremony intended to make a mark on the rebels in the North.’

70. ‘Why devote so much pomp and ceremony to someone who lived such a long and full life and died peacefully?’

71. ‘On a far lighter note, I just love the pomp and ceremony of all the military parades, heraldry, regalia and OH!’

72. ‘Behind all the pomp and ceremony of Louis XIV's court, the ancien regime was rotting.’

73. ‘But all the pomp and ceremony could not hide the empty character of this charade.’

74. ‘The children are dressed in black smocks with white collars and taken to school with pomp and ceremony.’

75. ‘It is still written in black marker on a white board and carried with great ceremony to each table.’

76. ‘Everything else is carried out with pomp and ceremony by the deferential, impeccably mannered, staff.’

77. ‘Accordingly, he received Mr. Scott with great ceremony, and insisted upon himself leading his horse to the stable.’

78. a ceremony commemorating Pearl Harbor

Other users have misspelling ceremony as:

1. cermony 9.47%

2. seramony 4.74%

3. ceremon 4.47%

4. ceremonia 2.63%

5. ceremonie 1.84%

6. ceromony 1.84%

7. Other 75.01%

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