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.
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- n. a ritual performed in some cultures at times when an individual changes status (as from adolescence to adulthood)
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It didn't harm Elizabeth – I'm sure of that – but during my freshman year of college, I partook in a rather pitiful rite of passage known as the collegiate one-night stand.
Never one to miss a shining moment in pinstripes, his aura is akin to Denzel Washington doing Broadway and delivering a show-stopping performance 180 nights a year; provided you include the postseason, which under Jeter’s leadership is an expected, annual pinstriped rite of passage in the Bronx.