Cer·e·mo·ny n.; pl. Ceremonies
1. Ar act or series of acts, often of a symbolical character, prescribed by law, custom, or authority, in the conduct of important matters, as in the performance of religious duties, the transaction of affairs of state, and the celebration of notable events; as, the ceremony of crowning a sovereign; the ceremonies observed in consecrating a church; marriage and baptismal ceremonies.
According to all the rites of it, and according to all the ceremonies thereof shall ye keep it [the Passover]. --Numb. ix. 3
Bring her up the high altar, that she may
The sacred ceremonies there partake. --Spenser.
[The heralds] with awful ceremony
And trumpet's sound, throughout the host proclaim
A solemn council. --Milton.
2. Behavior regulated by strict etiquette; a formal method of performing acts of civility; forms of civility prescribed by custom or authority.
Ceremony was but devised at first
To set a gloss on . . . hollow welcomes . . .
But where there is true friendship there needs none. --Shak.
Al ceremonies are in themselves very silly things; but yet a man of the world should know them. --Chesterfield.
3. A ceremonial symbols; an emblem, as a crown, scepter, garland, etc. [Obs.]
Disrobe the images,
If you find them decked with ceremonies.
. . . Let no images
Be hung with Cæsar's trophies. --Shak.
4. A sign or prodigy; a portent. [Obs.]
Cæsar, I never stood on ceremonies,
Yet, now they fright me. --Shak.
Master of ceremonies, an officer who determines the forms to be observed, or superintends their observance, on a public occasion.
Not to stand on ceremony, not to be ceremonious; to be familiar, outspoken, or bold.
n 1: a formal event performed on a special occasion; "a ceremony
commemorating Pearl Harbor" [syn: ceremonial, ceremonial
2: any activity that is performed in an especially solemn
elaborate or formal way; "the ceremony of smelling the
cork and tasting the wine"; "he makes a ceremony of
addressing his golf ball"; "he disposed of it without
3: the proper or conventional behavior on some solemn occasion;
"an inaugural ceremony"