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noun

  1. a formal or ceremonial act or procedure prescribed or customary in religious or other solemn use: rites of baptism; sacrificial rites.
  2. a particular form or system of religious or other ceremonial practice: the Roman rite.
  3. (often initial capital letter) a liturgy or liturgical system, especially one of the historical versions of the Eucharistic service: the Anglican Rite.
  4. (sometimes initial capital letter) Eastern Church, Western Church. a division or differentiation of churches based on liturgical practice.
  5. any customary observance or practice: the rite of afternoon tea.

noun

  1. a formal act or procedure prescribed or customary in religious ceremoniesfertility rites; the rite of baptism
  2. a particular body of such acts or procedures, esp of a particular Christian Churchthe Latin rite
  3. a Christian Churchthe Greek rite
n.

early 14c., from Latin ritus “religious observance or ceremony, custom, usage,” perhaps from PIE root *re(i)- “to count, number” (cf. Greek arithmos “number,” Old English rim “number;” see read (v.)). Rite of passage (1909) is translated from French rite de passage, coined by French anthropologist Arnold van Gennep (1873-1957).

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