rite [raıt] n
[Date: 1300-1400; : Latin; Origin: ritus]
1.) a ceremony that is always performed in the same way, usually for religious purposes
funeral rites
ancient fertility rites
These traditional rites are performed only by the women of the village.
2.) rite of passage
a special ceremony or action that is a sign of a new stage in someone's life, especially when a boy starts to become a man
3.) last rites
final prayers or religious ceremonies for someone who is dying
A priest came to give him the last rites .

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  • rite — ► NOUN 1) a religious or other solemn ceremony or act. 2) a body of customary observances characteristic of a Church or a part of it. ● rite of passage Cf. ↑rite of passage ORIGIN Latin ritus (religious) usage …   English terms dictionary

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