Definitions of ceremony

  1. a formal event performed on a special occasion; " a ceremony commemorating Pearl Harbor"
  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 ceremony"
  3. the proper or conventional behavior on some solemn occasion; " an inaugural ceremony"
  4. 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.
  5. Behavior regulated by strict etiquette; a formal method of performing acts of civility; forms of civility prescribed by custom or authority.
  6. A ceremonial symbols; an emblem, as a crown, scepter, garland, etc.
  7. A sign or prodigy; a portent.
  8. A sacred rite; as, the marriage ceremony; a prescribed formality; behavior regulated by the laws of strict etiquette.
  9. A sacred rite: the outward form, religious or otherwise.
  10. A rite; observance; formality.
  11. Ceremonial.
  12. A formal act, rite, or observance; formal civility.
  13. A prescribed form of observance of a more or less religious and solemn nature; the celebration of it; prescribed formality. Master of ceremonies, one who sees that the due forms are observed.
  14. 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;
  15. Outward forms or rites in religion; formal rules or regulations; certain kinds of social intercourse; state etiquette.

Quotes of ceremony

  1. The task of an American writer is not to describe the misgivings of a woman taken in adultery as she looks out of a window at the rain but to describe four hundred people under the lights reaching for a foul ball. This is ceremony – John Cheever
  2. Haiti itself was also photographed, some of the streets, some of the mountains, rivers, streams, etc. were photographed before talking with me about how I felt about Haiti. Then the camera went to our voodoo temple and saw a serious ceremony a real ceremony – Katherine Dunham
  3. This is going to sound completely absurd, but I do sometimes feel like the enjoyment of an awards ceremony or the pride in the finished article hasn't ever surpassed the joy of doing the work, of making it. The doing it is really the bit I'm there for. – Chiwetel Ejiofor
  4. Even though I disagree with many of the changes, when I see the privates graduate at the end of the day, when they walk off that drill field at the end of the ceremony they are still fine privates; outstanding, well motivated privates. – R. Lee Ermey
  5. Hearing Mass is the ceremony I most favor during my travels. Church is the only place where someone speaks to me and I do not have to answer back. – Charles de Gaulle
  6. Winning the Outstanding Contribution award is great, because you know you have won in advance. Previously, I have been really nervous during the ceremony because you have no idea if you are going to get called up on stage. This time I could relax and enjoy myself. – Tom Jones
  7. On the fortieth day after his death, we held the ceremony and I performed for the very first time. – Nusrat F. A. Khan
  8. I was quite moved to see this huge crowd which attended the ceremony in the middle of the town. – Hermann Maier
  9. We wait here to meet the Provisional Revolutionary Government of South Vietnam to discuss together a ceremony of orderly transfer of power so as to avoid any unnecessary bloodshed in the population. – Duong Van Minh
  10. Before I took the veil, I was ornamented for the ceremony and was clothed in a rich dress belonging to the Convent, which was used on such occasions; and placed not far from the altar in the chapel, in the view of a number of spectators who had assembled, perhaps about forty. – Maria Monk
  11. A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that 'individuality' is the key to success. – Robert Orben
  12. Mary, my little girl, was confirmed in a Buddhist temple. She saw the Life write up on Buddhism, with pictures of the ceremony and she said she wanted to be confirmed there because she only liked Jesus as a kid. She was a little disappointed in him when he grew up. – Kenneth Rexroth
  13. I liked the ceremony the ritual of preparing cocaine, as much as doing it. I did it for a year, loved it, then stopped. Now I feel the same way about cooking. – Kiefer Sutherland
  14. Not every religion has to have St. Augustine's attitude to sex. Why even in our culture marriages are celebrated in a church, everyone present knows what is going to happen that night, but that doesn't prevent it being a religious ceremony – Ludwig Wittgenstein

Usage examples for ceremony

  1. " I mean one ceremony for father, and one for mother," answered Sue. – Apron-Strings by Eleanor Gates
  2. It must, she told herself, have been knocked there during the ceremony – Caribbee by Thomas Hoover
  3. Naida, I- I- Well, somehow I am afraid of the ceremony this afternoon- the wedding ceremony – Astounding Stories of Super-Science, December 1930 by Various
  4. Then the Colonel got to his feet, and bowed to Stephen with ceremony – The Crisis, Complete by Winston Churchill Last Updated: March 6, 2009
  5. We mustn't forget our good- bye ceremony – The Little Colonel at Boarding-School by Annie Fellows Johnston
  6. Immediately after the ceremony the new Queen set out for Spain. – The Memoirs of Louis XIV., Volume 9 And His Court and of The Regency by Duc de Saint-Simon
  7. After the hurried ceremony was over, one of them approached Faversham. – The Mating of Lydia by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  8. " We went through the marriage ceremony here, three weeks ago, she and I, as this man will tell you. – The Heather-Moon by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  9. It can only be opened when the ceremony of marriage takes place between- he bowed again to Lady Agnes and this time also to Lambert. – Red Money by Fergus Hume
  10. Another little ceremony takes place here to- day, of course. – King Matthias and the Beggar Boy by Nicholas Jósika
  11. And where did the ceremony take place? – Cosmopolis, Complete by Paul Bourget Last Updated: March 3, 2009
  12. But he might not want to make this long journey for the sake of one marriage ceremony – The Garden of Eden by Max Brand
  13. He was thinking of the men who had approached Nita with the ceremony which had so delighted her. – The Heart of Unaga by Ridgwell Cullum
  14. They are now making a ceremony to find it." – Traditions of the Tinguian: A Study in Philippine Folk-Lore by Fay-Cooper Cole
  15. This ceremony is called " sembajang istira." – Letters of a Javanese Princess by Raden Adjeng Kartini Commentator: Louis Couperus
  16. She seemed to have regarded ceremony as unnecessary. – Mohun, or, The Last Days of Lee by John Esten Cooke
  17. Joyce did not stand on ceremony that night. – East Lynne by Mrs. Henry Wood
  18. Gentlemen, as the host in Castle Craneycrow, I invite you to witness the marriage ceremony which is to make it impossible for you to take Dorothy Garrison to Brussels. – Castle Craneycrow by George Barr McCutcheon
  19. Although a marriage ceremony had been performed between them by a bishop, he was not her husband, but the husband of Rose Cameron. – The Lost Lady of Lone by E.D.E.N. Southworth
  20. But the wolf found them all, and used no great ceremony one after the other he swallowed them down his throat. – Household Tales by Brothers Grimm by Grimm Brothers

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