rite of passage

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rite of passage

An event or activity often performed or experienced as part of passing from one stage of life to another. Bar Mitzvah celebrations are a rite of passage as Jewish boys become men. Getting lost while trying to find their classrooms is kind of a rite of passage for freshmen at this school.
See also: of, passage, rite

rite of passage

a ceremony or event marking an important stage in someone's life, especially birth, initiation, marriage, and death.
See also: of, passage, rite
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It is to the reader's delight that Hopkinson has created a futuristic rites-of-passage tale of a young woman's transition from wistful girlhood to demanding motherhood, stressing the more human aspects of her character and the world she inhabits, rather than relying on computers or ultramodern technology to place the story.