Rite \Rite\, n. [L. ritus; cf. Skr. r[=i]ti a stream, a running, way, manner, ri to flow: cf. F. rit, rite. CF. {Rivulet}.] The act of performing divine or solemn service, as established by law, precept, or custom; a formal act of religion or other solemn duty; a solemn observance; a ceremony; as, the rites of freemasonry. [1913 Webster] He looked with indifference on rites, names, and forms of ecclesiastical polity. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] Syn: Form; ceremony; observance; ordinance. [1913 Webster]