The prescribed order of a religious ceremony. The body of ceremonies or rites used in a place of worship. The prescribed form of conducting a formal secular ceremony: the ritual of an inauguration. The body of ceremonies used by a fraternal organization. A book of rites or ceremonial forms. A ceremonial act or a series of such acts. The performance of such acts. A detailed method of procedure faithfully or regularly followed: My household chores have become a morning ritual. A state or condition characterized by the presence of established procedure or routine: "Prison was a ritual\u2014reenacted daily, year in, year out. Prisoners came and went; generations came and went; and yet the ritual endured\u201d ( William H. Hallahan). Associated with or performed according to a rite or ritual: a priest's ritual garments; a ritual sacrifice. Being part of an established routine: a ritual glass of milk before bed.