Rite-of-passage meaning

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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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A ceremony, often religious, marking a significant transition in a person's life, as birth, puberty, marriage, or death.
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An event, achievement, etc. in a person's life regarded as having great significance.
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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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(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.

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