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ceremonial (adj.)

c. 1400, "belonging to (religious) ritual," also as a noun, "a ceremonial practice," from Late Latin caerimonialis "pertaining to ceremony," from caerimonia (see ceremony). Related: Ceremonially.

Ceremonial means connected with or constituting or consisting of or fit for a ceremony (i.e. a piece of ritual or formality) or ceremonies .... Ceremonious means full of or resulting from ceremony i.e. attention to forms .... [Fowler]

updated on November 14, 2017

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Definitions of ceremonial from WordNet
1
ceremonial (n.)
a formal event performed on a special occasion;
Synonyms: ceremony / ceremonial occasion / observance
2
ceremonial (adj.)
marked by pomp or ceremony or formality;
a ceremonial occasion
ceremonial garb
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