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ceremonynoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈser·əˌmoʊ·ni/
a set of ​acts, often ​traditional or ​religious, ​performed at a ​formaloccasion esp. to ​recognize an ​importantevent, or the ​performing of such ​acts: [C] a ​graduation/​wedding ceremony [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)







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ceremonynoun

uk   us   /ˈser.ɪ.mə.ni/
  • ceremony noun (FORMAL ACTS)

B1 [C or U] (formal ceremonial) (a set of) ​formalacts, often ​fixed and ​traditional, ​performed on ​importantsocial or ​religiousoccasions: a ​wedding/​graduation ceremony

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  • ceremony noun (FORMAL BEHAVIOUR)

[U] very ​formal and ​politebehaviour: She ​arrived at the ​airport without the pomp and ceremony that usually ​accompaniesimportantpoliticians. I ​handed her my ​letter of ​resignation without ceremony (= in an ​informal way).
(Definition of ceremony from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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