Definition of last rites in English:

Share this entry

last rites

Pronunciation: /ˌlast ˈrīts/

plural noun

(In the Christian Church) rites administered to a person who is about to die.
Example sentences
  • As he lay dying in Zurich in 1940, a priest asked Nora, still a Catholic, if he should administer last rites.
  • The parish clergyman would arrive to administer the last rites.
  • After saying the rosary with me, he asked if I wanted the last rites of the Catholic Church.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: last rites

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.