- 1A religious or other solemn ceremony or act: the rite of communion fertility ritesMore example sentences
- The recipient must be an American boy or girl celebrating a religious rite: a first communion, confirmation, bar or bat mitzvah.
- Though suggestive of mystic, pagan rites of purification and primitivism, the film, like all true surrealism, outrageously defies attempts at pigeonholing analysis and close reading.
- It is thought they may have been killed as part of some religious rites but no one really knows and I wonder if, in the future, any finders of these human remains will be similarly appalled and mystified.
- 1.1A body of customary observances characteristic of a church or a part of it: the Byzantine riteMore example sentences
- Byzantine rites and customs, in particular the practice of a married clergy, presented a serious problem for the established American Catholic world dominated largely by the Irish.
- 1.2A social custom, practice, or conventional act: the family Christmas riteMore example sentences
- Such rites are practised in joint consultative committees, grievance procedures, procedures for disputes resolution and the like.
- Unlike deliberately constructed visions, the myths we live and work by often remain unseen, residing incognito in our daily rituals, rites, customs, and metaphors.
- The rites and customs of the Old South no longer work.
rite of passage
- A ceremony or event marking an important stage in someone’s life, especially birth, puberty, marriage, and death: a novel that depicts the state of adolescence and the rites of passage that lead to adulthoodMore example sentences
- Universal compulsory military service for a period of at least sixteen months has been mandatory for all eighteen-year-old males and marked an important rite of passage into adulthood.
- Marriage is another important rite of passage.
- The major rite of passage in adulthood is marriage.
Middle English: from Latin ritus '(religious) usage'.