[ rahyt ]
/ raɪt /


a formal or ceremonial act or procedure prescribed or customary in religious or other solemn use: rites of baptism; sacrificial rites.
a particular form or system of religious or other ceremonial practice: the Roman rite.
(often initial capital letter) a liturgy or liturgical system, especially one of the historical versions of the Eucharistic service: the Anglican Rite.
(sometimes initial capital letter) Eastern Church, Western Church. a division or differentiation of churches based on liturgical practice.
any customary observance or practice: the rite of afternoon tea.

Origin of rite

1275–1325; Middle English (< Old French rit(e)) < Latin rītus

Related forms

rite·less, adjectiverite·less·ness, noun

Can be confused

right rite wright write

Synonym study

1. See ceremony.
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British Dictionary definitions for rite


/ (raɪt) /


a formal act or procedure prescribed or customary in religious ceremoniesfertility rites; the rite of baptism
a particular body of such acts or procedures, esp of a particular Christian Churchthe Latin rite
a Christian Churchthe Greek rite

Word Origin for rite

C14: from Latin rītus religious ceremony
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