American English

Definition of ceremony noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (pl. ceremonies)
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  1. 1[countable] a public or religious occasion that includes a series of formal or traditional actions an award/opening ceremony a wedding/marriage ceremony Topic CollocationsMarriage and Divorceromance fall/be (madly/deeply/hopelessly)in love (with somebody) be/believe in/fall in love at first sight be/find true love/the love of your life suffer (from) (the pains/pangs of) unrequited love have/feel/show/express great/deep/genuine affection for somebody/something meet/marry your husband/wife/partner/fiancé/fiancée/boyfriend/girlfriend have/go on a (blind)date be going out with/dating a guy/girl/boy/man/woman move in with/live with your boyfriend/girlfriendweddings get/be engaged/married/divorced arrange/plan a wedding have a big wedding/a honeymoon/a happy marriage have/enter into an arranged marriage call off/cancel/postpone your wedding invite somebody to/go to/attend a wedding/a wedding ceremony/a wedding reception conduct/perform a wedding ceremony exchange rings/wedding vows/marriage vows congratulate/toast/raise a glass to the happy couple be/go on your honeymoon (with your wife/husband) celebrate your first (wedding) anniversaryseparation and divorce be unfaithful to/ (informal) cheat on your husband/wife/partner/fiancé/fiancée/boyfriend/girlfriend have an affair (with somebody) break off/end an engagement/a relationship break up with/ (informal) dump your boyfriend/girlfriend separate from/be separated from/leave/divorce your husband/wife annul/dissolve a marriage file for/ask for/go through/get a divorce get/gain/be awarded/have/lose custody of the children pay alimony/child support (to your ex-wife/husband)
  2. 2[uncountable] formal behavior; traditional actions and words used on particular formal occasions The royal guests were welcomed with pomp and ceremony.
  3. Idioms
    stand on ceremony
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    to behave formally Please don't stand on ceremony (= Please be natural and relaxed) with me.
    without ceremony
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    in a very rough or informal way The network dropped her from the show last year without ceremony.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: ceremony