Master of ceremonies, an officer who determines the forms to be observed, or superintends their observance, on a public occasion.Not to stand on ceremony, not to be ceremonious; to be familiar, outspoken, or bold.

(Ce"re*ous) a. [L. cereus, fr. cera was.] Waxen; like wax. [Obs.] Gayton.

(Ce"res) n. [L., Ceres, also corn, grain, akin to E. create.]

1. (Class. Myth.) The daughter of Saturn and Ops or Rhea, the goddess of corn and tillage.

2. (Actron.) The first discovered asteroid.

(Cer"e*sin) n. [L. cera wax.] (Chem.) A white wax, made by bleaching and purifying ozocerite, and used as a substitute for beeswax.

(||Ce"re*us) n. [L., a wax candle, fr. cera wax. So named from the resemblance of one species to the columnar shape of a wax candle.] (Bot.) A genus of plants of the Cactus family. They are natives of America, from California to Chili.

Although several species flower in the night, the name Night-blooming cereus is specially applied to the Cereus grandiflorus, which is cultivated for its beautiful, shortlived flowers. The Cereus giganteus, whose columnar trunk is sometimes sixty feet in height, is a striking feature of the scenery of New Mexico, Texas, etc.

(Cer"i*al) a. Same as Cerrial. [Obs.] Chaucer.

(Ce*rif"er*ous) a. [L. ra wax + -ferous.] Producing wax.

(Ce"rin) n. [L. cera wax + -in: cf. L. cerinus wax-colored.]

1. (Chem.) A waxy substance extracted by alcohol or ether from cork; sometimes applied also to the portion of beeswax which is soluble in alcohol. Watts.

2. (Min.) A variety of the mineral allanite.

(Ce*rin"thi*an), n. (Eccl. Hist.) One of an ancient religious sect, so called from Cerinthus, a Jew, who attempted to unite the doctrines of Christ with the opinions of the Jews and Gnostics. Hook.

(Cer"iph) n. (Type Founding) One of the fine lines of a letter, esp. one of the fine cross strokes at the top and bottom of letters. [Spelt also seriph.] Savage.

2. Behavior regulated by strict etiquette; a formal method of performing acts of civility; forms of civility prescribed by custom or authority.

Ceremony was but devised at first
To set a gloss on . . . hollow welcomes . . .
But where there is true friendship there needs none.

Al ceremonies are in themselves very silly things; but yet a man of the world should know them.

3. A ceremonial symbols; an emblem, as a crown, scepter, garland, etc. [Obs.]

Disrobe the images,
If you find them decked with ceremonies.
. . . Let no images
Be hung with Cæsar's trophies.

4. A sign or prodigy; a portent. [Obs.]

Cæsar, I never stood on ceremonies,
Yet, now they fright me.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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