ETYM Latin ritus; cf. Skr. rîti a stream, a running, way, manner, ri to flow: cf. French rit, rite. cf. Rivulet.
(Homonym: right, wright, write).
An established ceremony prescribed by a religion; SYN. religious rite.
In religion, any specific ritual or action central to acts of worship or to a person's life—such as rites of passage (for example baptisms, weddings, and funerals) or the rite of consecration of the bread and wine in the Christian Eucharist.