Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Comprehensive
Dictionary Suite
Help
Help
Help
 
Advanced Dictionary    
Display options
Show syllables
Show Lookup History
Double-Click Lookup
  Show Spanish support
  Show Word Combinations
 
Pronunciation
Wordsmyth
  Phonics
  IPA
 
Entry formats
Standard
  Classic
 
Lookup History
ceremonial

cer·e·mo·ni·al

ceremonial

 
pronunciation:
se r mo ni l
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: adjective
definition: pertaining to, characterized by, or used in a ceremony.
a ceremonial eventa ceremonial headdress
antonyms:
informal
similar words:
ceremonious, formal, gala, occasional, pompous, solemn
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a set of formalities or rites performed on certain occasions; rite.
similar words:
ceremony, rite, ritual, sacrament
definition 2: formal or dignified behavior or atmosphere appropriate to certain occasions.
the elaborate ceremonial of a royal banquet
derivations: ceremonially (adv.), ceremonialism (n.), ceremonialist (n.)
Word Parts
The word ceremonial contains the following part:
-al2, -ial, -ual Latin adjective-forming suffix that means pertaining to
Show wordsHide wordsMore about this word part:
The suffix -al2, -ial attaches primarily to nouns (national , environmental ) but sometimes to Latin or Greek roots (final , capital , comical ) to form adjectives. See also -ar1.