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 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).

(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)