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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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