from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The prescribed order of a religious ceremony.
- n. The body of ceremonies or rites used in a place of worship.
- n. The prescribed form of conducting a formal secular ceremony: the ritual of an inauguration.
- n. The body of ceremonies used by a fraternal organization.
- n. A book of rites or ceremonial forms.
- n. A ceremonial act or a series of such acts.
- n. The performance of such acts.
- n. A detailed method of procedure faithfully or regularly followed: My household chores have become a morning ritual.
- n. A state or condition characterized by the presence of established procedure or routine: "Prison was a ritual—reenacted daily, year in, year out. Prisoners came and went; generations came and went; and yet the ritual endured” ( William H. Hallahan).
- adj. Associated with or performed according to a rite or ritual: a priest's ritual garments; a ritual sacrifice.
- adj. Being part of an established routine: a ritual glass of milk before bed.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Related to a rite or repeated set of actions.
- n. rite; a repeated set of actions
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to rites or ritual
- n. A prescribed form of performing divine service in a particular church or communion.
- n. Hence, the code of ceremonies observed by an organization.
- n. A book containing the rites to be observed.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to, consisting of, or prescribing a rite or rites.
- n. A book containing the rites or ordinances of a church or of any special service.
- n. A prescribed manner of performing religious worship or other devotional service in any given ecclesiastical or other organization.
- n. The external form prescribed for religious or other devotional services.
- n. Any ceremonial form or custom of procedure.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. stereotyped behavior
- adj. of or relating to or characteristic of religious rituals
- adj. of or relating to or employed in social rites or rituals
- n. any customary observance or practice
- n. the prescribed procedure for conducting religious ceremonies
From Latin rītuālis, of rites, from rītus, rite; see rite.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin adjective ritualis, from noun rituum, rite, + adjective suffix -alis. (Wiktionary)