- noun1 formal public/religious eventADJECTIVE▪ 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 ceremonyVERB + CEREMONY▪ conduct, officiate (AmE), officiate at, perform▪
The marriage ceremony was performed by the bishop.▪ hold, host▪ attend, be present at, take part inCEREMONY + VERB▪ take place▪ commemorate sth, honour/honor sb/sth, mark sth▪
a special ceremony to mark the opening of the festivalPREPOSITION▪ 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 wordsVERB + 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.
Collocations dictionary. 2013.