Meaning of ceremony in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsɛrɪməni/

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nounplural noun ceremonies

  • 1A formal religious or public occasion, especially one celebrating a particular event, achievement, or anniversary.

    ‘the winners were presented with their prizes at a special ceremony’
    • ‘a public ceremony’
    • ‘Monday saw a ceremony to celebrate the achievements of sports people in the area.’
    • ‘This grove of trees is sacred to the Adivasis and in the past was used during many ceremonies and religious events.’
    • ‘Earlier this month, it was revealed he will receive a life achievement award at a ceremony in Los Angeles next June.’
    • ‘The celebrations start with a religious ceremony during which the army flags are blessed.’
    • ‘Marriages are celebrated in a civil ceremony that may be followed by a religious rite.’
    • ‘The saint's day is celebrated by a fiesta that includes a religious ceremony.’
    • ‘This applied to public ceremonies and domestic rites such as festivals, weddings and funerals.’
    • ‘Italian officialdom incorporated the celebration of mass in public ceremonies.’
    • ‘The ceremony of baptism celebrates an individual's entrance into Christianity.’
    • ‘When the religious ceremony was over a firing party of seven fired three volleys of shots into the air.’
    • ‘Jewish boys are circumcised eight days after birth in a religious ceremony called a bris.’
    • ‘The next time they were to meet was in May for the wedding ceremony and celebration.’
    • ‘The day's activities began with religious ceremonies in the morning and the pouring of the water.’
    • ‘It has been the center of all the religious ceremonies and rites for the Islamic community.’
    • ‘Students taking part in a pioneering education scheme have received achievement awards at a special ceremony.’
    • ‘The university is expected to confer the honorary degree on her at the university's graduation ceremony in December.’
    • ‘At Manchester, the pledge is a formal part of the graduation ceremony, and participants wear a green ribbon.’
    • ‘The lecture will be part of a special opening ceremony paying tribute to the nation's health care professionals.’
    • ‘Before the meeting got underway, there was a brief opening ceremony.’
    • ‘The newspaper also picked up awards in the sales and distribution areas of its business at a glittering ceremony.’
    social event, event, affair, function, celebration, party, ceremony, get-together, gathering
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    1. 1.1An act or series of acts performed according to a traditional or prescribed form.
      • ‘we found a rabbi to perform the ceremony for us’
      rite, ritual, ceremonial, observance
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  • 2mass noun The ritual observances and procedures required or performed at grand and formal occasions.

    ‘the new Queen was proclaimed with due ceremony’
    • ‘In the earlier period of Chinese history, jade played a pivotal role in ceremony and ritual.’
    • ‘The magnificent pomp and ceremony of Royal occasions remains a rich symbol of Britain's great history.’
    • ‘For the first time we have a glimpse of the perishable artefacts which played such a major role in Aztec rituals, pomp and ceremony.’
    • ‘Not so long ago a new train service was inaugurated with due pomp and ceremony.’
    • ‘The long awaited Wootton Bassett War Memorial is due to be unveiled with due pomp and ceremony in October.’
    • ‘The monarchy is all about show, the man cloaked and hidden from view by pomp, ceremony and symbolism.’
    • ‘Meet the man himself and take a peak behind his curtains to see what really goes on behind all the pomp and ceremony.’
    • ‘I also think the pomp and ceremony of the meeting means little to ordinary people in Preston.’
    • ‘The advent of the Empire brought the return of a full-blown court with all its pomp and ceremony.’
    • ‘Some people have made a fuss, but why not have a bit of ceremony to welcome our new citizens.’
    • ‘We had so much pomp and ceremony, and everyone was part of it.’
    • ‘It could be viewed as old-style, Communist pomp and ceremony aimed at boosting the morale and devotion of the people.’
    • ‘Atherly said had he been at home, Durity would have been given the pomp and ceremony befitting a former mayor.’
    • ‘For all the pomp and ceremony and the thousands lining the streets, this was also an intensely personal service.’
    • ‘The visit would have involved huge pomp and ceremony intended to make a mark on the rebels in the North.’
    • ‘Why devote so much pomp and ceremony to someone who lived such a long and full life and died peacefully?’
    • ‘On a far lighter note, I just love the pomp and ceremony of all the military parades, heraldry, regalia and OH!’
    • ‘Behind all the pomp and ceremony of Louis XIV's court, the ancien regime was rotting.’
    • ‘But all the pomp and ceremony could not hide the empty character of this charade.’
    • ‘The children are dressed in black smocks with white collars and taken to school with pomp and ceremony.’
    pomp, protocol, formalities, niceties, decorum, etiquette, good form, propriety, conventionality, punctilio, attention to detail, fuss
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    1. 2.1Formal polite behaviour.
      ‘he showed them to their table with great ceremony’
      • ‘It is still written in black marker on a white board and carried with great ceremony to each table.’
      • ‘Everything else is carried out with pomp and ceremony by the deferential, impeccably mannered, staff.’
      • ‘Accordingly, he received Mr. Scott with great ceremony, and insisted upon himself leading his horse to the stable.’


    stand on ceremony
    • usually with negative Insist on the observance of formalities.

      ‘we don't stand on ceremony in this house’
      • ‘But while lavish in his praise for tonight's visitors to Bootham Crescent, the City chief is adamant his side will not stand on ceremony.’
      • ‘I've found that sometimes it doesn't pay to stand on ceremony.’
      • ‘They don't stand on ceremony at Central Park of a Saturday when it's time for the stock-car racing to begin.’
      • ‘From the beginning it was clear that while traditions would be respected, this was no place to stand on ceremony.’
      • ‘He was never someone to stand on ceremony or circumstance even if this was his last domestic game of rugby.’
      • ‘The students treat Hawking with playful irreverence; there is no standing on ceremony or elitism here.’
      • ‘It was like a black knight protecting an overlarge magistrate, and the expression on its countenance told Ferry that its owner didn't want to be here standing on ceremony.’
      • ‘At many workplaces, such fine divisions of job responsibility could easily backfire, with people standing on ceremony about exactly what is and is not their job.’
      • ‘You must not stand on ceremony with me, or I shall find you exceedingly boring.’
      • ‘She seems completely approachable, she doesn't stand on ceremony and she comes across as totally interested in what you're saying.’
    without ceremony
    • Without preamble or politeness.

      ‘he was pushed without ceremony into the bathroom’
      • ‘The young Light Lord interrupted, without ceremony or pretense of politeness.’
      • ‘It speaks volumes about how the government can subtly and easily disarm anyone in the media, shut them down without ceremony, no matter who you are, or which government you are talking about, or which war you are talking about.’
      • ‘In fact, whenever I clip the box hedges in summer, I stick a dozen clippings without ceremony in what used to be the children's sand-pit and, almost without exception, they quickly form roots.’
      • ‘Lord Godfrey Macdonald of Macdonald is the 34th high chief of Clan Donald, but he is completely without ceremony and makes a point of going round the tables at dinner and greeting every one of his guests.’
      • ‘However, the Big Easy is fickle, and if it doesn't take to you right away, you will receive your eviction notice without ceremony.’
      • ‘Out, without ceremony, went the much vilified Christine Gwyther.’
      • ‘I glued the hard wire leads to the dots on my freshly-printed Pattern and hit the On switch without ceremony.’
      • ‘The judge would, of course, be perfectly entitled to dismiss the second application without ceremony unless it could be speedily and categorically demonstrated that the new material was indeed conclusive of the case.’
      • ‘For many people, contemporary picnics involve an element of simplicity, where uncomplicated food such as hard-boiled eggs, sandwiches, pieces of cold chicken are eaten without ceremony.’
      • ‘With a bottle, or box, of non-vintage champagne under the stairs, most households will also need a rock-bottom priced fizz that can be cracked open without ceremony for parties and family gatherings.’


Late Middle English from Old French ceremonie or Latin caerimonia ‘religious worship’, (plural) ‘ritual observances’.