|n.||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; |
According to all the rites of it, and according to all the ceremonies thereof shall ye keep it [the Passover].
|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.
|3.||A ceremonial symbols; an emblem, as a crown, scepter, garland, etc.|
|4.||A sign or prodigy; a portent.|
|Noun||1.||ceremony - a formal event performed on a special occasion; "a ceremony commemorating Pearl Harbor"|
|2.||ceremony - 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 ceremony"|
|3.||ceremony - the proper or conventional behavior on some solemn occasion; "an inaugural ceremony"|