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ceremony

cer·e·mo·ny

ceremony

 
pronunciation:
se r mo ni
phrases:
stand on ceremony
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part of speech: noun
inflections: ceremonies
definition 1: a set of formalities, customs, or rites performed in order to give honor or validation, or this set of acts taken as an event.
A judge will perform the wedding ceremony.Only a few family members attended her graduation ceremony.A Japanese tea ceremony may appear simple but is actually very complex.
 
synonyms:
ceremonial, observance, ritual
similar words:
celebration, custom, formalities, liturgy, mass, rite, sacrament, service
definition 2: a social custom or polite ritual.
Bowing is part of the traditional ceremony of greeting people in Japan.
synonyms:
observance, rite, ritual
similar words:
celebration, ceremonial, commemoration, exercise, function, occasion, rite of passage
definition 3: extreme formality or politeness in the manner of carrying out some action, sometimes adopted artificially and containing little meaning.
He opened the door for us with such great ceremony that we nearly giggled.
similar words:
courtesy, formality
definition 4: thorough adherence to formality or custom.
The hero was decorated and praised with due ceremony.
synonyms:
formality
similar words:
decorum, protocol, ritual, solemnity
phrase: stand on ceremony
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