rite

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noun \ ˈrīt \

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 in a Sentence

  1. Incense is often burned in their religious rites.

  2. the annual summer rite of loading up the car for the big family vacation

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Origin and Etymology of rite

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



RITE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of rite for English Language Learners

  • : an act that is part of a usually religious ceremony


RITE Defined for Kids

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Definition of rite for Students

:an act performed in a ceremony


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