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rite of passage
Pronunciation: /ˌrʌɪt əv ˈpasɪdʒ/

Definition of rite of passage in English:

A ceremony or event marking an important stage in someone’s life, especially birth, the transition from childhood to adulthood, marriage, and death: a novel which depicts the state of adolescence and the rites of passage that lead to adulthood
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  • 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.
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