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  • of, relating to, or used in a ceremony; ritual or formal
  • a ceremony, or series of ceremonies, prescribed by ritual
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia

Cer`e*mo"ni*al (?), a. [L. caerimonialis: cf. F. cérimonial. See Ceremony.] 1. Relating to ceremony, or external rite; ritual; according to the forms of established rites.

Ceremonial observances and outward show.

2. Observant of forms; ceremonious. [In this sense ceremonious is now preferred.] Donne.

He moves in the dull ceremonial track.

Cer`e*mo"ni*al, n. 1. A system of rules and ceremonies, enjoined by law, or established by custom, in religious worship, social intercourse, or the courts of princes; outward form.

The gorgeous ceremonial of the Burgundian court.

2. The order for rites and forms in the Roman Catholic church, or the book containing the rules prescribed to be observed on solemn occasions.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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