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English noun: ceremony

1. ceremony (event) a formal event performed on a special occasion


SamplesA ceremony commemorating Pearl Harbor.


Synonymsceremonial, ceremonial occasion, observance


Broader (hypernym)affair, function, occasion, social function, social occasion


Narrower (hyponym)circumstance, commemoration, dedication, exercise, fire walking, formalities, formality, funeral, hymeneals, induction, initiation, installation, Maundy, memorialisation, memorialization, military ceremony, nuptials, opening, pageant, pageantry, potlatch, wedding, wedding ceremony

2. ceremony (act) any activity that is performed in an especially solemn elaborate or formal way


SamplesThe ceremony of smelling the cork and tasting the wine.
He makes a ceremony of addressing his golf ball.
He disposed of it without ceremony.


Broader (hypernym)activity


Narrower (hyponym)chanoyu, tea ceremony

3. ceremony (act) the proper or conventional behavior on some solemn occasion


SamplesAn inaugural ceremony.


Broader (hypernym)activity


Narrower (hyponym)groundbreaking, groundbreaking ceremony, lustrum, military ceremony, presentation, purgation, purification, religious ceremony, religious ritual









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