Pronunciation: (rīt),[key] —n. 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.) one of the historical versions of the Eucharistic service: the Anglican Rite. 4. (often cap.) liturgy.
5. (sometimes cap.)Eastern Ch.,Western Ch. a division or differentiation of churches according to liturgy.
6. any customary observance or practice: the rite of afternoon tea.