rite

9 ENTRIES FOUND:

rite

noun \ˈrīt\

: an act that is part of a usually religious ceremony

Full Definition of RITE

1
a :  a prescribed form or manner governing the words or actions for a ceremony
b :  the ceremonial practices of a church or group of churches
2
:  a ceremonial act or action <initiation rites>
3
:  a division of the Christian church using a distinctive liturgy

Examples of RITE

  1. Incense is often burned in their religious rites.
  2. <the annual summer rite of loading up the car for the big family vacation>

Origin of RITE

Middle English, from Latin ritus; akin to Greek arithmos number — more at arithmetic
First Known Use: 14th century

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