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  Dictionary Definition of rite

rite
noun
1. a formal or ceremonial act or procedure prescribed or customary in religious or other solemn use: rites of baptism, sacrificial rites.
2. a particular form or system of religious or other ceremonial practice: the Roman rite.
3. ( often cap. ) (historically) one of the versions of the Eucharistic service: the Anglican rite.
4. ( often cap. ) liturgy.
5. ( sometimes cap. ) a division or differentiation of Eastern and Western Churches according to liturgy.
6. any customary observance or practice.
[ME, from L ritus ceremony]