According to all the rites of it, and according to all the ceremonies thereof shall ye keep it [the Passover].Numb. ix. 3
Bring her up the high altar, that she maySpenser.
The sacred ceremonies there partake.
[The heralds] with awful ceremonyMilton.
And trumpet's sound, throughout the host proclaim
A solemn council.
2. Behavior regulated by strict etiquette; a formal method of performing acts of civility; forms of civility prescribed by custom or authority.
Ceremony was but devised at firstShak.
To set a gloss on . . . hollow welcomes . . .
But where there is true friendship there needs none.
Al ceremonies are in themselves very silly things; but yet a man of the world should know them.Chesterfield.
3. A ceremonial symbols; an emblem, as a crown, scepter, garland, etc.
Disrobe the images,Shak.
If you find them decked with ceremonies.
. . . Let no images
Be hung with Csar's trophies.
4. A sign or prodigy; a portent.
Csar, I never stood on ceremonies,Shak.
Yet, now they fright me.
Master of ceremonies, an officer who determines the forms to be observed, or superintends their observance, on a public occasion. --
Not to stand on ceremony, not to be ceremonious; to be familiar, outspoken, or bold.
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