liminality

[ lim-uh-nal-i-tee ]
/ ˌlɪm əˈnæl ɪ ti /

noun Anthropology.

the transitional period or phase of a rite of passage, during which the participant lacks social status or rank, remains anonymous, shows obedience and humility, and follows prescribed forms of conduct, dress, etc.

Nearby words

  1. limey,
  2. limicoline,
  3. limicolous,
  4. limina,
  5. liminal,
  6. liming,
  7. limit,
  8. limit dextrin,
  9. limit dextrinase,
  10. limit man

Origin of liminality

< Latin līmin- (stem of līmen) threshold + -al1 + -ity

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