ceremony


ceremony
noun
1 formal public/religious event
ADJECTIVE
brief, short
quiet, simple
elaborate, glittering (BrE), lavish
moving, solemn
private, public
formal, important, official, special, traditional

an official ceremony to welcome the new director

inaugural (esp. AmE), opening

the opening ceremony of the Olympics

closing
awards, presentation, prize-giving (esp. BrE)
civil-partnership (in the UK), commitment (AmE), marriage, wedding

a same-sex commitment ceremony

civil, religious
coming-of-age, naming, retirement (AmE)
burial (esp. AmE), funeral, memorial, wreath-laying
commencement (AmE), degree, graduation
inauguration, induction, initiation, signing, swearing-in
groundbreaking (= to mark the beginning of construction of a new building)
dedication, flag-raising (AmE), ribbon-cutting, unveiling
tea

the Japanese tea ceremony

VERB + CEREMONY
conduct, officiate (AmE), officiate at, perform

The marriage ceremony was performed by the bishop.

hold, host
attend, be present at, take part in
CEREMONY + VERB
take place
commemorate sth, honour/honor sb/sth, mark sth

a special ceremony to mark the opening of the festival

PREPOSITION
at a/the ceremony

Many dignitaries were present at the ceremony.

during a/the ceremony

A lot of people wept during the funeral ceremony.

in a/the ceremony

They were married in a simple ceremony.

2 formal/traditional actions and words
VERB + CEREMONY
stand on (esp. BrE)

I won't stand on ceremony (= be formal).

PREPOSITION
without ceremony

It was done quickly and without ceremony.

PHRASES
pomp and ceremony

the pomp and ceremony of a royal wedding

with great ceremony

She was buried with great ceremony in the Abbey.


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