pomp and circumstance

pomp and circumstance

Celebration accompanied by traditional formalities and ceremony. Please, there's no need for all this pomp and circumstance. I'm just an ordinary guest who has come to enjoy the performance like everyone else. Perhaps anticipating the divided reaction to her visit, the Queen's trip to the Republic of Ireland was not accompanied by the usual pomp and circumstance.
See also: and, circumstance, pomp

pomp and circumstance

the ceremonial formality surrounding a public event.
The expression originates in Shakespeare's Othello: ‘Farewell…the royal banner, and all quality, pride, pomp, and circumstance of glorious war’; but its modern currency owes much to its use as the title of a set of orchestral marches ( 1901 ) by Sir Edward Elgar .
See also: and, circumstance, pomp

pomp and ˈcircumstance

formal and impressive ceremony: The Prince was welcomed with warmth, but not with all the pomp and circumstance he was used to.This comes from Shakespeare’s play Othello and refers to the impressive clothes, decorations, music, etc. that are part of an official ceremony.
See also: and, circumstance, pomp
References in classic literature ?
As he drew near, he slackened speed, took the middle of the street, leaned far over to star- board and rounded to ponderously and with laborious pomp and circumstance -- for he was personating the Big Missouri, and considered himself to be drawing nine feet of water.
Such is the general picture of the free trapper's wife, given by Captain Bonneville; how far it applied in its details to the one in question does not altogether appear, though it would seem from the outset of her connubial career, that she was ready to avail herself of all the pomp and circumstance of her new condition.
He was a tall, good-looking man, and somewhat given to pomp and circumstance, which made him an object of note in the eyes of the wondering savages.
I was in touch with great souls who exalted flesh and spirit over dollars and cents, and to whom the thin wail of the starved slum child meant more than all the pomp and circumstance of commercial expansion and world empire.
Here have I been persuading Herr Liesecke to stop for POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE, and you are undoing all my work.
Moved by a common impulse, they rose to their feet and fled from POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE.
Bumble had quite dignity enough for two; supposing even that the stranger had been more familiar: so he drank his gin-and-water in silence, and read the paper with great show of pomp and circumstance.
NNA - Another Hezbollah fighter slain in last Thursday's Burj Brajneh twin bombing, has been laid to rest at his southern Lebanese home village of Majdel-Silem in full party pomp and circumstance, NNA field reporters said today.
MUSIC Time for some pomp and circumstance, as Katie Derham (above centre) introduces more rousing classical performances from the Royal Albert Hall.
The Last Night at the Proms Special will be a night of reflection, rousing tunes, flag-waving, whistle-blowing and pomp and circumstance, with international singers John Hudson and Anna Clare Monk performing songs from both periods and traditional, film and classical music such as Schindler's List, A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square and Rule Britannia also part of the show.
IT'S that time of the year to dig out your Union Flags and get bobbing to Pomp and Circumstance.
The Royal Ballet Sinfonia will perform music highlights from celebrated composers, including Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance and new choreography to Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, specially created for this performance by company dancer Ruth Brill.
There's plenty of pomp and circumstance on offer, as Katie Derham (right) presents coverage of the classical music event from the Royal Albert Hall, starring Nigel Kennedy.
While Monday's ceremony is not expected to be nearly as outsized as Obama's historic 2009 swearing in, there is still plenty of pomp and circumstance surrounding the whole affair.
Team GB's Charlotte Dujardin has won the Olympic gold medal in individual dressage on Valegro after a freestyle that celebrated British classics Pomp and Circumstance and Land of Hope and Glory.