1. Consisting of outward forms and rites; ceremonial.
Note: [In this sense ceremonial is now preferred.]
The ceremonious part of His worship. --South.
2. According to prescribed or customary rules and forms; devoted to forms and ceremonies; formally respectful; punctilious. “Ceremonious phrases.”
Too ceremonious and traditional. --Shak.
Syn: -- Formal; precise; exact. See Formal.
adj : rigidly formal or bound by convention; "their ceremonious
greetings did not seem heartfelt" [syn: conventional]