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rite of passage

noun
1.
Anthropology. 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 to mark a passage from one stage of life to another.
Origin
1955-1960
1955-60
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British Dictionary definitions for rite-passage

rite of passage

/French rit də pɑsaʒ/
noun
1.
a ceremony performed in some cultures at times when an individual changes his status, as at puberty and marriage
2.
a significant event in a transitional period of someone's life
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rite-passage in Medicine

rite of passage n.
A ritual or ceremony signifying an event in a person's life indicative of a transition from one stage to another, as from adolescence to adulthood.

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