1. Relating to ceremony, or external rite; ritual; according to the forms of established rites.
Ceremonial observances and outward show. --Hallam.
2. Observant of forms; ceremonious.
Note: [In this sense ceremonious is now preferred.]
He moves in the dull ceremonial track. --Druden.
1. A system of rules and ceremonies, enjoined by law, or established by custom, in religious worship, social intercourse, or the courts of princes; outward form.
The gorgeous ceremonial of the Burgundian court. --Prescott.
2. The order for rites and forms in the Roman Catholic church, or the book containing the rules prescribed to be observed on solemn occasions.
adj : marked by pomp or ceremony or formality; "a ceremonial
occasion"; "ceremonial garb"
n : a formal event performed on a special occasion; "a ceremony
commemorating Pearl Harbor" [syn: ceremony, ceremonial