Meaning of “ceremony” in the English Dictionary

"ceremony" in British English

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ceremonynoun

uk /ˈser.ɪ.mə.ni/ us /ˈser.ə.mə.ni/

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

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  • We weren't married in church, but we had a civil ceremony in a registry office.
  • The Olympics climaxed in a spectacular closing ceremony.
  • The glittering ceremony conjured up images of Russia's imperial past.
  • Several foreign dignitaries attended the ceremony.
  • The queen, in full ceremonial dress, presided over the ceremony.

(Definition of “ceremony” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ceremony" in American English

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ceremonynoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈser·əˌmoʊ·ni/

a set of acts, often traditional or religious, performed at a formal occasion esp. to recognize an important event, or the performing of such acts:

[ U ] She was buried without ceremony.
ceremonial
adjective us /ˌser·əˈmoʊ·ni·əl/

The queen’s role is largely ceremonial.

(Definition of “ceremony” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)