rite Definition

a religious or other solemn ceremony or act.

Using rite: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "rite" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The rite of baptism is an important sacrament in Christianity.

  • Example

    The traditional rite of passage for young men in this tribe involves hunting a lion.

  • Example

    The rite of marriage is a sacred union between two people.

rite Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for rite

Phrases with rite

  • last rites

    a religious ceremony for someone who is dying or has recently died, usually performed by a priest


    The priest came to perform the last rites for the dying man.

  • a ceremony or event marking an important stage in someone's life, especially adolescence


    The tribal rite of passage for young men involves hunting a lion.

  • a formal ceremony that marks the beginning of a marriage


    The couple exchanged vows during the marriage rite.

Origins of rite

from Latin 'ritus'


Summary: rite in Brief

The term 'rite' [raɪt] refers to a solemn ceremony or act, often with religious connotations. It includes sacraments like baptism and marriage, as well as cultural practices like tribal rites of passage. Phrases like 'last rites' and 'rite of passage' denote specific types of rites.