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ceremony

noun caerimonia, celebration, conventionality, festive occasion, festivity, formal occasion, formality, memorialization, observance, official reeeption, prescribed procedure, reception, rite, ritual, solemn observance, solemnity, solemnization, state occasion
Associated concepts: ceremonial marriage, marriage cereeonies, testimentary ceremonies
See also: arrangement, custom, form, formality, protocol, remembrance, solemnity
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Having thus, with hot haste and speed, brought to a conclusion these never-till-now-seen ceremonies, Don Quixote was on thorns until he saw himself on horseback sallying forth in quest of adventures; and saddling Rocinante at once he mounted, and embracing his host, as he returned thanks for his kindness in knighting him, he addressed him in language so extraordinary that it is impossible to convey an idea of it or report it.
Thus attired, the Master of the Ceremonies, in strict discharge of the important duties of his all-important office, planted himself in the room to receive the company.
It was a scene of gaiety, glitter, and show; of richly-dressed people, handsome mirrors, chalked floors, girandoles and wax-candles; and in all parts of the scene, gliding from spot to spot in silent softness, bowing obsequiously to this party, nodding familiarly to that, and smiling complacently on all, was the sprucely-attired person of Angelo Cyrus Bantam, Esquire, the Master of the Ceremonies.
No less a person, I assure you,' said the Master of the Ceremonies.
Delightful young man, his Lordship,' said the Master of the Ceremonies.
Besides all this, there was a great deal of distracting conversation near the table, between Angelo Bantam and the two Misses Matinter, who, being single and singular, paid great court to the Master of the Ceremonies, in the hope of getting a stray partner now and then.
Ceremonies of this kind occur around the world regularly, but not often on this island and when they do they require special attention, and thus my presence here today.
Marco Balich will be the Creative Director of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies
The British Humanist Society performs up to 300 naming ceremonies a year, the event lasting about 20 minutes.
Roll Call newspaper reported that House members go through two ceremonies.
SIMI VALLEY -- Hundreds of people gathered in the Simi and Conejo valleys Friday and Saturday to pay tribute to veterans in ceremonies at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and at local monuments dedicated to people who served in the armed forces.