The definition of a rite is a ceremony or formal act to observe a religious, custom or other procedure.(noun)
An example of a rite is the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony.
See rite in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME < L ritus < IE *rēi-, var. of base *ar-, to join, fit > art, read, rate, arithmetic
See rite in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Latin rītus; see ar- in Indo-European roots.
Learn more about rite