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rite of passage

Definition of Rite of Passage

(noun) A formal ceremony, event, or ritual marking a new stage in an individual’s life such as birth, death, or marriage.

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Etymology of Rite of Passage

Rite of Passage Pronunciation

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Syllabification: rite of pas·sage

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– British English

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /raɪt ʌv ˈpæsəʤ/
  • British English – /raɪt ɒv ˈpæsɪʤ/

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Cite the Definition of Rite of Passage

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2015. “rite of passage.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved November 17, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/rite-of-passage/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

rite of passage. (2015). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/rite-of-passage/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2015. “rite of passage.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed November 17, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/rite-of-passage/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“rite of passage.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2015. Web. 17 Nov. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/rite-of-passage/>.