a rite of passage - an activity or ceremony that shows that someone has reached an important new stage in their life, especially the start of their adult life.

This is not merely another dreary rite-of-passage novel.

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  • Rite of Passage — Rite/s of passage (englisch Erwachsenwerden, Übergangsritual/e) bezeichnet: Filmwelt: Rites of Passage (Kurzfilm), Kurzfilm von Richard Stanley (1983) Rites of Passage (Thriller), US Thriller von Victor Salva (1999) Literatur: Rite of… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • rite of passage — [rēt də pä sȧzh′] n. 1. a ceremony, often religious, marking a significant transition in a person s life, as birth, puberty, marriage, or death 2. an event, achievement, etc. in a person s life regarded as having great significance: Also [Fr.]… …   English World dictionary

  • rite of passage — ► rite of passage a ceremony or event, e.g. marriage, marking an important stage in someone s life. Main Entry: ↑rite …   English terms dictionary

  • rite of passage — (plural ,rites of passage) noun count a ceremony or event that marks an important stage in someone s life, for example, becoming an adult …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • rite of passage — 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… …   Universalium

  • rite of passage — noun a ritual performed in some cultures at times when an individual changes status (as from adolescence to adulthood) • Hypernyms: ↑ritual, ↑rite * * * : a ritualistic procedure associated with a nonperiodic crisis or a transitional change of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Rite of passage — A rite of passage is a ritual that marks a change in a person s social or sexual status. Rites of passage are often ceremonies surrounding events such as childbirth, menarche or other milestones within puberty, coming of age, marriage, weddings,… …   Wikipedia

  • Rite de passage — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Rite (homonymie). Initiation rituelle au Malawi, chez l ethnie Yao. Un rite de passage (ou …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Rite of Passage — infobox Book | name = Rite of Passage title orig = translator = image caption = Cover of first paperback edition author = Alexei Panshin illustrator = cover artist = country = United States language = English series = genre = Science Fiction… …   Wikipedia

  • rite of passage — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms rite of passage : singular rite of passage plural rites of passage a ceremony or event that marks an important stage in someone s life, for example becoming an adult …   English dictionary

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