rite of passage


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.
any important act or event that serves to mark a passage from one stage of life to another.

Nearby words

  1. ritalin,
  2. ritardando,
  3. rite,
  4. rite de passage,
  5. rite of intensification,
  6. rite of spring, the,
  7. ritenuto,
  8. rites of passage,
  9. ritornello,
  10. ritschlian

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

/ (French rit də pɑsaʒ) /


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

rite of passage

[ rīt ]


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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