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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • 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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  • n. a ceremony or series of ceremonies, often very ritualized, to celebrate a transition in a person’s life. Baptisms, bar mitzvahs, weddings and funerals are among the best known examples.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a ritual performed in some cultures at times when an individual changes status (as from adolescence to adulthood)

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