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rite of passage

n. pl. rites of passage
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.

rite of passage

(French rit də pɑsaʒ) or

rite de passage

n
1. (Anthropology & Ethnology) a ceremony performed in some cultures at times when an individual changes his or her status, as at puberty and marriage
2. a significant event in a transitional period of someone's life
3. (Anthropology & Ethnology) (as modifier): a rite-of-passage novel.

rite′ of pas′sage


n.
1. a ceremony to facilitate or mark a person's change of status on a significant occasion, as at the onset of puberty or upon entry into a select group.
2. any act or event marking a passage from one stage of life to another.
[translation of French rite de passage (1909)]
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Noun1.rite of passage - a ritual performed in some cultures at times when an individual changes status (as from adolescence to adulthood)
ritual, rite - any customary observance or practice
Translations

rite of passage

n (fig)Übergangsritual m, → Rites plde passage (Sociol); a rite(s)-of-passage filmein Film müber das Erwachsenwerden
References in periodicals archive ?
See Walter Vogels, "D'Egypte a Canaan: un rite de passage," Science et Esprit 52 no 1 Ja-Ap 2000: 21-35.
Zunachst an Gedanken seines bekannten, aber keineswegs leicht zu verstehenden Buches uber den Eros im antiken Roman und in verwandten Texten (1994) anknupfend sowie Sophie Lalannes Interpretation der "big five" unter dem Aspekt des rite de passage einbeziehend, erweist er dann das pattern der Reise, deren Ende religiose Erlosung und moralische Erneuerung bringt, als Motiv, das die Philipps--und die Xanthippe-und-Polyxena-Akten einerseits und die Romane Xenophons von Ephesos, des Apuleius und Heliodors auf der anderen Seite verbindet.
The relevance of art and of films in Yemen in a moment of transition is not only that of being entertaining or of documenting the rite de passage, or becoming tools of political persuasion.