Learner's definition of CEREMONY
1 [count] : a formal act or event that is a part of a social or religious occasion 2 [noncount] : very polite or formal behavior
With great ceremony, the children presented each of the visitors with a gift.
He told them abruptly and without ceremony that they would have to leave.
stand on ceremony
: to insist on doing the things that are usual or expected in polite or formal behavior— usually used in negative statements