rite of passage
Date: 1909 a ritual associated with a crisis or a change of status (as marriage, illness, or death) for an individual

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Rite of Passage — Rite/s of passage (englisch Erwachsenwerden, Übergangsritual/e) bezeichnet: Filmwelt: Rites of Passage (Kurzfilm), Kurzfilm von Richard Stanley (1983) Rites of Passage (Thriller), US Thriller von Victor Salva (1999) Literatur: Rite of… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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  • rite of passage — (plural ,rites of passage) noun count a ceremony or event that marks an important stage in someone s life, for example, becoming an adult …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • rite of passage — ► rite of passage a ceremony or event, e.g. marriage, marking an important stage in someone s life. Main Entry: ↑rite …   English terms dictionary

  • rite of passage — 1. Anthropol. a ceremony performed to facilitate or mark a person s change of status upon any of several highly important occasions, as at the onset of puberty or upon entry into marriage or into a clan. 2. any important act or event that serves… …   Universalium

  • Rite of passage — A rite of passage is a ritual that marks a change in a person s social or sexual status. Rites of passage are often ceremonies surrounding events such as childbirth, menarche or other milestones within puberty, coming of age, marriage, weddings,… …   Wikipedia

  • rite of passage — noun a ritual performed in some cultures at times when an individual changes status (as from adolescence to adulthood) • Hypernyms: ↑ritual, ↑rite * * * : a ritualistic procedure associated with a nonperiodic crisis or a transitional change of… …   Useful english dictionary

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  • rite of passage — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms rite of passage : singular rite of passage plural rites of passage a ceremony or event that marks an important stage in someone s life, for example becoming an adult …   English dictionary

  • rite-of-passage — a rite of passage an activity or ceremony that shows that someone has reached an important new stage in their life, especially the start of their adult life. This is not merely another dreary rite of passage novel …   New idioms dictionary

  • rite of passage — noun (plural rites of passage) 1. Anthropology a ritualised ceremony whereby a society marks a change in the status of a member, as at puberty, marriage, etc.: *I wanted my defloration to be a slow and sensual, transcendent rite of passage.… …   Australian English dictionary

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