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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a ceremonial occasion (=a very formal official occasion)
▪ The gowns are worn only on ceremonial occasions.
▪ But the presidency is largely ceremonial.
▪ The largely ceremonial presidency would rotate among major groups.
▪ It is a largely ceremonial position, though he plays a key role in selecting governments.
▪ Under the new Constitution the President, elected by the Jatiya Sangsad, assumed a largely ceremonial role.
▪ The chapel had important liturgical and ceremonial duties to perform.
▪ The battalion boarded the vehicles to return to Chelsea Barracks, ceremonial duties - and Alice, of course.
▪ As secretary to the Lord Great Chamberlain, he has responsibility for ceremonial duties on state occasions.
▪ On ceremonial occasions they thrust themselves forward with their cameras.
▪ The king wore it on a ribbon around his neck on ceremonial occasions.
▪ Perhaps this was his idea of full dress for a ceremonial occasion.
▪ These days they are only used for ceremonial occasions.
▪ The frottola and madrigal were evidently good commercial lines - though there were also madrigals for ceremonial occasions.
▪ As well as these purely ceremonial occasions, the Emperor attended two councils of war which were held to discuss the Crimean campaign.
▪ The terms of the Act forbade the wearing of political uniforms except on ceremonial occasions.
▪ He held the post of special adviser to the Communist party central committee, and appeared at ceremonial occasions.
▪ Sato, 59, replaced Keisaku Manabe, 64, who will assume the ceremonial post of company chairman.
▪ In 1982 he was given the ceremonial post of vice-president.
▪ His right hand rested on his ceremonial sword.
▪ The full costume is only worn on important ceremonial occasions.
▪ The Queen was in full ceremonial dress for the state opening of Parliament.
▪ The Vice Mayor is a largely ceremonial position.
▪ Frazer writes about the ceremonial king of so many prehistoric agricultural societies.
▪ Images from seals and from the frescoes themselves show people moving majestically in ceremonial costumes to places of sacrifice.
▪ In 1060 his body was raised for ceremonial purposes.
▪ Is it now time to throw away the charts and graphs, have a ceremonial burning of the diary?
▪ On ceremonial occasions they thrust themselves forward with their cameras.
▪ The king wore it on a ribbon around his neck on ceremonial occasions.
▪ What the men brought home was ceremonial food, feasting food, not the food of every day.
▪ Sharing is rare in primates and the chimpanzee behaviour may indicate the sources of human mealtime ceremonials.
▪ The man with the feather brush is indispensable in the highest ceremonials, and is present on the most ordinary occasions.
▪ The relationship was made manifest at the life crisis ceremonials of partner lineages.
▪ Thomson's entree to the court of Siam enabled him to make an important record of ceremonials there.
▪ Thus such ceremonials do not violate the First Amendment unless the language used in them is unacceptable.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Ceremonial \Cer`e*mo"ni*al\, a. [L. caerimonialis: cf. F. c['e]rimonial. See Ceremony.]

  1. Relating to ceremony, or external rite; ritual; according to the forms of established rites.

    Ceremonial observances and outward show.

  2. Observant of forms; ceremonious.

    Note: [In this sense ceremonious is now preferred.]

    He moves in the dull ceremonial track.


Ceremonial \Cer`e*mo"ni*al\, n.

  1. A system of rules and ceremonies, enjoined by law, or established by custom, in religious worship, social intercourse, or the courts of princes; outward form.

    The gorgeous ceremonial of the Burgundian court.

  2. The order for rites and forms in the Roman Catholic church, or the book containing the rules prescribed to be observed on solemn occasions.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1400, "belonging to (religious) ritual," also as a noun, "a ceremonial practice," from Late Latin caerimonialis "pertaining to ceremony," from caerimonia (see ceremony). Related: Ceremonially.


a. 1 Of, relating to, or used in a ceremony; ritual or formal. 2 (context archaic English) Observant of forms; ceremonious. alt. 1 Of, relating to, or used in a ceremony; ritual or formal. 2 (context archaic English) Observant of forms; ceremonious. n. A ceremony, or series of ceremonies, prescribed by ritual.


adj. marked by pomp or ceremony or formality; "a ceremonial occasion"; "ceremonial garb"


n. a formal event performed on a special occasion; "a ceremony commemorating Pearl Harbor" [syn: ceremony, ceremonial occasion, observance]

Ceremonial (Savage Republic album)

Ceremonial is the second studio album by the American post-punk band Savage Republic, released in 1985 by Independent Project and Fundamental Records. It has been remixed and reissued, since 1990, accompanied by the Trudge EP. All CD issues contain only the instrumental versions of the songs.

Ceremonial (Pink Cream 69 album)

Ceremonial is Pink Cream 69's 11th album. It's the band's first album with a new line-up change, this time featuring drummer Chris Schmidt replacing founding member Kosta Zafiriou.

Some statements about the album written by bass player/producer Dennis Ward and vocalist David Readman:

"We deliberately called the album “Ceremonial” because we feel it’s kind of a celebration of music styles we all grew up with, regardless of what PC69 has done in the past", Ward.

"There were various projects that I was involved in over the last couple of years", adds singer David Readman. "But the work on “Ceremonial” felt like coming home. A real relief."

Usage examples of "ceremonial".

San Francisco, Conrad Aiken, stood looking out over yet another tent city, this one in the Civic Center Park, directly below where he stood partially hidden behind the flags of the United States and of California on the ceremonial balcony area over the magnificently carved double-doorways of City Hall.

This may or may not have been true, but the Ancestress was unquestionably proud of them and brought them out for all great ceremonial occasions.

It is, however, rather the ceremonial side of apiculture that is the interesting feature and this is clearly emphasized in the Tro-Cortesianus.

Trade Master marched with them to the end of the scattered burrows of the village, but the Watcher, though appearing bedabbled in her ceremonial paint, made no such concession to ceremony.

Meguet chose a sword from the wall of ceremonial swords forged for each Holder, and then held the Cygnet away from the wall until, bending, Hew had carried the fire safely through the small door.

I desert my family and cast my fortunes with you, Eban the Hunter, for the stars and the ashes of the ceremonial fire have spoken to me and they say that Eban is a man of greatness and generosity and will help my daughter.

We have met, for instance, with several kinds of present-giving, with auguries for the New Year, with processions of carol-singers and well-wishers, with ceremonial feasting that anticipates the Christmas eating and drinking, and with various figures, saintly or monstrous, mimed or merely imagined, which we shall find reappearing at the greatest of winter festivals.

From the frail, dreamy youth who showed such extraordinary guts when he had his fenestration operation, he has become an extremely competent, managerial sort of holy man with a talent for the ceremonial aspect of his services.

At the head of the table, Glyn sat in a high-backed chair draped with the ceremonial plaid of the kingship.

In a high-backed chair waited King Glyn, dressed in ceremonial clothes: a pure white tunic, richly worked, a golden sword at his side, and the royal plaid, fastened at the shoulder with the enormous ring-brooch that marked him king.

Up on the dais, Glyn sat in his ceremonial clothes with a golden sword in his hand.

In the position I was in, I had to make use of the language of a charlatan, so I resolved on prescribing a ceremonial worship to the sun, at an hour which would insure some regularity in her mode of life.

Today he wore his ceremonial clothes-a black haori with broad padded shoulders over a black kimono stamped with circular gold family crests.

Although he had donned the kirpan for ceremonial reasons, he now wished he could use the curved silver blade to slice the unworthy throats of the protestors.

After all, Khan, too, was armed, with his ceremonial kirpan, so it was only natural that curiosity exceeded caution in his soul.