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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Strictly observant of or devoted to ceremony, ritual, or etiquette; punctilious.
  • adjective Characterized by ceremony.
  • adjective In accord with prescribed or customary usage; rigidly formal.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Consisting of or relating to outward forms and rites; conformable to prescribed ceremony.
  • Full of ceremony or formality; marked by solemnity of manner or method.
  • According to prescribed or customary formalities or punctilios; characterized by more elaborate forms of politeness than are commonly used between intimate acquaintances; formal in manner or method: as, ceremonious phrases.
  • Observant of conventional forms; fond of using ceremony; punctilious as to outward observances and ceremonies.
  • Synonyms Ceremonious, Ceremonial, Formal. Ceremonious, full of ceremony, fond of ceremony; ceremonial, consisting in or having the nature of ceremony, or bearing upon ceremonies: as, ceremonious manners, persons; ceremonial law, rites, uncleanness. Formal differs from ceremonious in that a formal person tries too hard to conform to rule in his whole bearing as well as in his bearing toward others, while a ceremonious person magnifies too much the conventional rules of social intercourse; thus both are opposed to natural, formal to easy, and ceremonious to hearty or friendly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Consisting of outward forms and rites; ceremonial. [In this sense ceremonial is now preferred.]
  • adjective According to prescribed or customary rules and forms; devoted to forms and ceremonies; formally respectful; punctilious.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Fond of ceremony, ritual or strict etiquette; punctilious
  • adjective Characterized by rigid formality

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective characterized by pomp and ceremony and stately display
  • adjective rigidly formal or bound by convention

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