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Meaning of CEREMONIOUS

Pronunciation:  `seru'mowneeus

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[adj]  rigidly formal or bound by convention; "their ceremonious greetings did not seem heartfelt"
 

CEREMONIOUS is a 11 letter word that starts with C.

 

 Synonyms: conventional, formal
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Cer`e*mo"ni*ous\, a. [Cf. F. c['e]r['e]monieux, L.
Caerimoniosus.]
1. Consisting of outward forms and rites; ceremonial.

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

            The ceremonious part of His worship. --South.

2. According to prescribed or customary rules and forms;
   devoted to forms and ceremonies; formally respectful;
   punctilious. ``Ceremonious phrases.'' --Addison.

         Too ceremonious and traditional.      --Shak.

Syn: Formal; precise; exact. See {Formal}.

 
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