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 Dictionary entry overview: What does ceremonial mean? 

  The noun CEREMONIAL has 1 sense:

1. a formal event performed on a special occasion

  Familiarity information: CEREMONIAL used as a noun is very rare.

CEREMONIAL (adjective)
  The adjective CEREMONIAL has 1 sense:

1. marked by pomp or ceremony or formality

  Familiarity information: CEREMONIAL used as an adjective is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


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A formal event performed on a special occasion

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events


ceremonial; ceremonial occasion; ceremony; observance

Context example:

a ceremony commemorating Pearl Harbor

Hypernyms ("ceremonial" is a kind of...):

affair; function; occasion; social function; social occasion (a vaguely specified social event)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "ceremonial"):

circumstance (formal ceremony about important occasions)

Maundy (a public ceremony on Maundy Thursday when the monarch distributes Maundy money)

formalities; formality (a requirement of etiquette or custom)

fire walking (the ceremony of walking barefoot over hot stones or a bed of embers)

exercise ((usually plural) a ceremony that involves processions and speeches)

induction; initiation; installation (a formal entry into an organization or position or office)

military ceremony (a formal ceremony performed by military personnel)

commemoration; memorialisation; memorialization (a ceremony to honor the memory of someone or something)

opening (a ceremony accompanying the start of some enterprise)

dedication (a ceremony in which something (as a building) is dedicated to some goal or purpose)

pageant; pageantry (a rich and spectacular ceremony)

hymeneals; nuptials; wedding; wedding ceremony (the social event at which the ceremony of marriage is performed)

funeral (a ceremony at which a dead person is buried or cremated)

potlatch (a ceremonial feast held by some Indians of the northwestern coast of North America (as in celebrating a marriage or a new accession) in which the host gives gifts to tribesmen and others to display his superior wealth (sometimes, formerly, to his own impoverishment))

CEREMONIAL (adjective)

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Marked by pomp or ceremony or formality

Context examples:

a ceremonial occasion / ceremonial garb


formal (being in accord with established forms and conventions and requirements (as e.g. of formal dress))

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