Rite definition

rīt
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A ceremonial act or series of acts.

Fertility rites.

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Any formal, customary observance, practice, or procedure.

The rites of courtship.

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The liturgy or practice of a branch of the Christian church.
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A ceremonial or formal, solemn act, observance, or procedure in accordance with prescribed rule or custom, as in religious use.

Marriage rites.

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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.

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The prescribed or customary form for conducting a religious or other solemn ceremony.

The rite of baptism.

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A prescribed form or particular system of ceremonial procedure, religious or otherwise; ritual.

The Scottish rite of Freemasonry.

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Liturgy; esp., any of the historical forms of the Eucharistic service.

The Byzantine rite.

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Any of the Christian Churches, either historical or contemporary.

The Eastern Rite, the Roman Rite.

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A religious custom.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
rite
Plural:
rites

Origin of rite

  • Middle English from Latin rītus ar- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Via Middle English and Old French, from Latin ritus

    From Wiktionary