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ceremonious (adj.)

1550s, "relating to outward forms or rites," also, of persons, "punctilious in matters of formality," from French cérémonieux or directly from Late Latin caerimoniosus, from Latin caerimonia "reverent rite, sacred ceremony" (see ceremony). Meaning "full of show and ceremony" is from 1610s. Related: Ceremoniously; ceremoniousness.

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Definitions of ceremonious

ceremonious (adj.)
characterized by pomp and ceremony and stately display;
Synonyms: pompous
ceremonious (adj.)
rigidly formal or bound by convention;
their ceremonious greetings did not seem heartfelt
Synonyms: conventional
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