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ceremony

noun uk   /ˈser.ɪ.mə.ni/ us  

ceremony noun (FORMAL ACTS)

B1 [C or U] (formal ceremonial) (a set of) formal acts, often fixed and traditional, performed on important social or religious occasions: a wedding/graduation ceremony

ceremony noun (FORMAL BEHAVIOUR)

[U] very formal and polite behaviour: She arrived at the airport without the pomp and ceremony that usually accompanies important politicians. I handed her my letter of resignation without ceremony (= in an informal way).
ceremonial
adjective uk   /ˌser.ɪˈməʊ.ni.əl/ us    /-ˈmoʊ-/
ceremonial occasions/duties
ceremonially
adverb uk   /ˌser.ɪˈməʊ.ni.ə.li/ us    /-ˈmoʊ-/
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