Meaning of ceremonious

cer•e•mo•ni•ous

Pronunciation: (ser"u-mō'nē-us), [key]
— adj.
  1. carefully observant of ceremony; formally or elaborately polite: He greeted his rival with a ceremonious display of friendship.
  2. pertaining to, marked by, or consisting of ceremony; formal: a ceremonious reception.
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