American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, appropriate to, or characterized by ceremony; formal or ritual.
- adj. Involved or used in ceremonies: ceremonial garb.
- n. A set of ceremonies prescribed for an occasion; a ritual.
- n. A ceremony or rite.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Relating to ceremonies or external forms or rites: ritual; pertaining to or consisting in the observance of set forms or formalities.
- Specifically Pertaining to the forms and rites of the Jewish religion: as, the ceremonial law, as distinguished from the moral law.
- Observant of forms; precise in manners; formal: as, “the dull, ceremonial track,”
- Synonyms Ceremonious, Formal, etc. See ceremonious.
- n. A system of rites or ceremonies enjoined by law or established by custom, as in religious worship, social intercourse, etc.; rites, formalities, or requirements of etiquette, to be observed on any special occasion.
- n. Specifically The order for rites and forms in the Roman Catholic Church, or the book containing the rules prescribed to be observed on solemn occasions.
- n. A prehistoric stone implement-supposed to have been used for ceremonial purposes.
- adj. Of, relating to, or used in a ceremony; ritual or formal.
- n. A ceremony, or series of ceremonies, prescribed by ritual.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Relating to ceremony, or external rite; ritual; according to the forms of established rites.
- adj. Observant of forms; ceremonious. [In this sense
ceremoniousis now preferred.]
- n. A system of rules and ceremonies, enjoined by law, or established by custom, in religious worship, social intercourse, or the courts of princes; outward form.
- n. The order for rites and forms in the Roman Catholic church, or the book containing the rules prescribed to be observed on solemn occasions.
- adj. marked by pomp or ceremony or formality
- n. a formal event performed on a special occasion
“These and other scenes of Investitures, State Openings of Parliament, proceedings of Justices, Troopings of the Colour and the like come readily to mind when the word ceremonial is mentioned, and quite rightly.”
“We distinguish betwixt what we call the ceremonial or the political law of the Jews, and the moral law.”
“I also do not dress in ceremonial Yucatecan huipiles, or beaded leather fringed suits, cheongsams, grass skirts or fireman outfits.”
“The ship was the first foreign ship to participate in ceremonial festivities wherein all passing ships must render some cargo for protection from the Constable.”
“Congress often participate in ceremonial presentations of medals to veterans, DiMartino said.”
“Smaller demons, with more pronounced foreheads, clothed in ceremonial armour, engaged in political discourse.”
“Hillary's experience in foreign relations is almost exclusively as First Lady, in other words a ceremonial position.”
“In 18 th century southern Africa, the potion "poo" was taken to enable people to dance better in ceremonial dances; the Dutch word "doop" described a potion made from Datura stramonium used by robbers to pacify their prey; in 1807 in London, the opiate Laudanum”
“Part of the ceremonial was the putting of Master Blount into my arms, which was done very gingerly, with abundant cautions and precautions against my crushing or dropping him.”
“This operation is usually performed away from the pueblo, near a point where suitable stone is found, and is accompanied by a ceremonial, which is intended to prevent the stone from breaking on exposure to the fire when first used.”
A Study of Pueblo Architecture: Tusayan and Cibola Eighth Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1886-1887, Government Printing Office, Washington, 1891, pages 3-228
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