HyperDic: ceremony

English > 3 senses of the word ceremony:
NOUNeventceremony, ceremonial, ceremonial occasion, observancea formal event performed on a special occasion
actceremonyany activity that is performed in an especially solemn elaborate or formal way
actceremonythe proper or conventional behavior on some solemn occasion
ceremony > pronunciation
Soundsseh'rahmow.niy
Rhymesabalone ... Zuni: 221 rhymes with niy...
English > ceremony: 3 senses > noun 1, event
MeaningA formal event performed on a special occasion.
Example"a ceremony commemorating Pearl Harbor"
Synonymsceremonial, ceremonial occasion, observance
NarrowerMaundyA public ceremony on Maundy Thursday when the monarch distributes Maundy money
circumstanceformal ceremony about important occasions
commemoration, memorialization, memorialisationA ceremony to honor the memory of someone or something
dedicationA ceremony in which something (as a building) is dedicated to some goal or purpose
exercise(usually plural) a ceremony that involves processions and speeches
fire walkingThe ceremony of walking barefoot over hot stones or a bed of embers
formality, formalitiesA requirement of etiquette or custom
funeral, obsequyA ceremony at which a dead person is buried or cremated
initiation, induction, installationA formal entry into an organization or position or office
military ceremonyA formal ceremony performed by military personnel
openingA ceremony accompanying the start of some enterprise
pageant, pageantryA rich and spectacular ceremony
potlatchA ceremonial feast held by some Indians of the northwestern coast of North America (as in celebrating a marriage or a new accession) in which the host gives gifts to tribesmen and others to display his superior wealth (sometimes, formerly, to his own impoverishment)
wedding, wedding ceremony, nuptials, hymenealsThe social event at which the ceremony of marriage is performed
Broaderaffair, occasion, social occasion, function, social functionA vaguely specified social event
Spanishceremonial, ceremonia
Catalancerimonial, cerimònia
Adjectivesceremonialmarked by pomp or ceremony or formality
English > ceremony: 3 senses > noun 2, act
MeaningAny activity that is performed in an especially solemn elaborate or formal way.
Examples
  • "the ceremony of smelling the cork and tasting the wine"
  • "he makes a ceremony of addressing his golf ball"
  • "he disposed of it without ceremony"
Narrowertea ceremony, chanoyuAn ancient ritual for preparing and serving and drinking tea
BroaderactivityAny specific behavior
Spanishceremonia
Catalancerimònia
Adjectivesceremonialmarked by pomp or ceremony or formality
ceremoniouscharacterized by pomp and ceremony and stately display
ceremoniousrigidly formal or bound by convention
English > ceremony: 3 senses > noun 3, act
MeaningThe proper or conventional behavior on some solemn occasion.
Example"an inaugural ceremony"
Narrowergroundbreaking, groundbreaking ceremonyThe ceremonial breaking of the ground to formally begin a construction project
lustrumA ceremonial purification of the Roman population every five years following the census
military ceremonyA military custom / custom performed in observance of some event or anniversary
presentationThe activity of formally presenting something (as a prize or reward)
purification, purgationA ceremonial cleansing from defilement or uncleanness by the performance of appropriate rites / rites
religious ceremony, religious ritualA ceremony having religious meaning / meaning
BroaderactivityAny specific behavior
Spanishceremonia
Catalancerimònia
Adjectivesceremonialmarked by pomp or ceremony or formality
ceremoniousrigidly formal or bound by convention

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