rite of passage

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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)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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
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