- a ceremony, often religious, marking a significant transition in a person's life, as birth, puberty, marriage, or death
- an event, achievement, etc. in a person's life regarded as having great significance
rite of passagerite of passage
rite of passage
nounpl. rites of passage
(plural rites of passage)
- (anthropology) a ceremony or series of ceremonies, often very ritualized, to celebrate a transition in a person's life. Baptisms, bar mitzvahs, weddings and funerals are among the best known examples.
- After John officially attained his majority, Robert bought him his first legal beer. This is a common American rite of passage.