ceremony
noun (plural -nies) Etymology: Middle English ceremonie, from Middle French ceremonie, from Latin caerimonia Date: 14th century 1. a formal act or series of acts prescribed by ritual, protocol, or convention <
the marriage ceremony
>
2. a. a conventional act of politeness or etiquette <
the ceremony of introduction
>
b. an action performed only formally with no deep significance c. a routine action performed with elaborate pomp 3. a. prescribed procedures ; usages <
the ceremony attending an inauguration
>
b. observance of an established code of civility or politeness <
opened the door without ceremony and strode in
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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