Meaning of ceremony

cer•e•mo•ny

Pronunciation: (ser'u-mō"nē), [key]
— pl. -nies.
  1. the formal activities conducted on some solemn or important public or state occasion: the coronation ceremony.
  2. a formal religious or sacred observance; a solemn rite: a marriage ceremony.
  3. formal observances or gestures collectively; ceremonial observances: The breathless messenger had no time for ceremony.
  4. any formal act or observance, esp. a meaningless one: His low bow was mere ceremony.
  5. a gesture or act of politeness or civility: the ceremony of a handshake.
  6. strict adherence to conventional forms; formality: to leave a room without ceremony.
  7. to behave in a formal or ceremonious manner.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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