rite' of pas'sage

1. Anthropol.a ceremony performed to facilitate or mark a person's change of status upon any of several highly important occasions, as at the onset of puberty or upon entry into marriage or into a clan.
2. any important act or event that serves to mark a passage from one stage of life to another.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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