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rite of passage

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noun
  1. Anthropology. a ceremony performed to facilitate or mark a person's change of status upon any of several highly important occasions, as at the onset of puberty or upon entry into marriage or into a clan.
  2. any important act or event that serves to mark a passage from one stage of life to another.

Origin of rite of passage

First recorded in 1955–60
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British Dictionary definitions for rite of passage

rite of passage

rite de passage

noun
  1. a ceremony performed in some cultures at times when an individual changes his status, as at puberty and marriage
  2. a significant event in a transitional period of someone's life
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rite of passage in Medicine

rite of passage

(rīt)
n.
  1. A ritual or ceremony signifying an event in a person's life indicative of a transition from one stage to another, as from adolescence to adulthood.
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