1. carefully observant of ceremony; formally or elaborately polite: He greeted his rival with a ceremonious display of friendship.
  2. pertaining to, marked by, or consisting of ceremony; formal: a ceremonious reception.


  1. especially or excessively polite or formal
  2. observing ceremony; involving formalities

1550s, from Middle French cérémonieux or directly from Late Latin caerimoniosus, from Latin caerimonia (see ceremony). Meaning “full of show and ceremony” is from 1610s. Related: Ceremoniously; ceremoniousness.

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