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Definition of "ceremonious" [cer•e•mo•ni•ous]

  • Strictly observant of or devoted to ceremony, ritual, or etiquette; punctilious: "borne on silvery trays by ceremonious world-weary waiters” ( Financial Times). (adjective)
  • Characterized by ceremony. (adjective)
  • In accord with prescribed or customary usage; rigidly formal. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "ceremonious" in a sentence
  • "Every married woman must perform here certain ceremonious ablutions at regular intervals."
  • "Another story featured Alexandra, Princess of Wales, noting that when she and the royal trunks failed to make connections on the occasion of a certain ceremonious dinner at a brilliant English house-party, the Princess, too gracious to spoil her hostess’ plans, resourcefully directed her maid to cut off the skirt of her riding habit."
  • "Of course, people would be free to engage in 'ceremonious' marriage; such an event, however, would have no legal (enforceable in court) consequences."