Learner's definition of CEREMONY
a formal act or event that is a part of a social or religious occasion
see also master of ceremonies
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