\ ˈrīt How to pronounce rite (audio) \

Definition of rite

1a : 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

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Examples of rite in a Sentence

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

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The day of rest is a right and a rite, common to diverse religions and cultures worldwide, from the Jewish Sabbath, to the Christian Sunday, to the Muslim communal day of prayer on Friday. Tiffany Shlain, BostonGlobe.com, "The case for a tech Sabbath in a too-connected world," 29 Aug. 2019 This Windy City rite of summer — packed with celebrity chefs, food trucks and more — is perfect for adult grazers and young eaters alike, since the portions are small. Web Behrens, chicagotribune.com, "15 things to do with the kids July 8-14," 7 July 2019 What’s more, by its very nature, a rite like post-layoff drinks reminds us that others have been through the same experience, through various years, in different locales and industries around the world. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "Why you should totally go to the pub with your mates when you’ve just been laid off," 8 July 2019 Metacritic score: 74 Ari Aster’s Midsommar, a confidently directed and operatic follow-up to 2018’s Hereditary, situates its tale of grief, breakups, and rites in northern Sweden, at the height of its endless sun season. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Midsommar," 2 July 2019 When the last of the Anglican ecclesiastical refugees dies, if no change has been made in the meantime, the Catholic priesthood of the Western or Latin rite will go back to being entirely celibate. Erasmus, The Economist, "Why Pope Francis may open the door to married priests," 18 June 2019 Muslim burial rites are commonly performed the same day or within 24 hours of death. Magdy Samaan And Bianca Britton, CNN, "Morsy's son blames Egyptian regime for 'slow deliberate medical murdering' of ex-President," 18 June 2019 Dover sole is presented with the solemnity of a religious rite, arriving via cart on a silver pan, filleted tableside and served with lobster sauce and hazelnuts alongside a crispy disk of black rice inlaid with edamame. Phil Vettel, chicagotribune.com, "Triple-threat dining: Aboyer and Silencieux join George Trois for a Winnetka trifecta," 5 Aug. 2019 Funeral rites for Donna will be held Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. with the procession departing at 9:00 a.m. from the Paul A. Shaker Funeral Home, 764 Farmington Ave. courant.com, "Donna Bisi," 10 June 2019

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First Known Use of rite

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for rite

Middle English, from Latin ritus; akin to Greek arithmos number — more at arithmetic

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English Language Learners Definition of rite

: an act that is part of a usually religious ceremony


\ ˈrīt How to pronounce rite (audio) \

Kids Definition of rite

: an act performed in a ceremony

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