Definition of rite de passage in English:

rite de passage

Line breaks: rite de pas|sage
Pronunciation: /ˌriːt də paˈsɑːʒ

noun (plural rites de passage pronounced same)

Another term for rite of passage (see rite).
More example sentences
  • The death of a real person is not a spectacle but a rite de passage, an event, perhaps THE event.
  • Marriage ceremonies are after all the classic rite de passage.
  • All the rites de passage, birth, puberty, marriage, and death gave occasion for liturgical celebration, in which divine protection was surely invoked.



Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day deictic
Pronunciation: ˈdeɪktɪk
denoting a word whose meaning depends on context...