The definition of a rite is a ceremony or formal act to observe a religious, custom or other procedure.
An example of a rite is the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony.
- a ceremonial or formal, solemn act, observance, or procedure in accordance with prescribed rule or custom, as in religious use: marriage rites
- any formal, customary observance, practice, or procedure: the rites of courtship
- a prescribed form or particular system of ceremonial procedure, religious or otherwise; ritual: the Scottish rite of Freemasonry
- [oftenR-] liturgy; esp., any of the historical forms of the Eucharistic service: the Byzantine rite
- [alsoR-] any of the Christian Churches, either historical or contemporary: the Eastern Rite, the Roman Rite
Origin of riteMiddle English from Classical Latin ritus from Indo-European an unverified form r?i-, variant, variety of base an unverified form ar-, to join, fit from source art, read, rate, arithmetic
- The prescribed or customary form for conducting a religious or other solemn ceremony: the rite of baptism.
- A ceremonial act or series of acts: fertility rites.
- Rite The liturgy or practice of a branch of the Christian church.
Origin of riteMiddle English from Latin rītus ; see ar- in Indo-European roots.
- A religious custom.
Via Middle English and Old French, from Latin ritus