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English definition of “ceremony”


noun     /ˈserɪməni/
EVENT [C] B1 a formal event that is performed on important social or religious occasions: a wedding/marriage ceremony an award ceremony Ceremonies
BEHAVIOUR [U] formal behaviour, words, and actions that are part of a ceremonyManners and levels of formalityPolite and respectful
(Definition of ceremony noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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