Pronunciation: (ser"u-mō'nē-ul), [key]
1. of, pertaining to, or characterized by ceremony; formal; ritual: a ceremonial occasion.
2. used in or in connection with ceremonies: ceremonial robes.
1. a system of ceremonies, rites, or formalities prescribed for or observed on any particular occasion; a rite.
2. Rom. Cath. Ch.
a. the order for rites and ceremonies.
b. a book containing it.
3. formal behavior found at, or appropriate to, a certain occasion: the ceremonial of a state banquet.
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