Definition: Tradition

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From Middle English tradicioun, from Old French tradicion, from Latin trāditiō, from the verb trādō. Doublet of treason.


tradition (countable and uncountable, plural traditions)

  1. A part of culture that is passed from person to person or generation to generation, possibly differing in detail from family to family, such as the way to celebrate holidays.
    Putting a star on top of the Christmas tree has always been our tradition, though I know people who put an angel on the tree instead.
  2. A commonly held system.
    I am learning all the songs that are part of the church tradition.
  3. An established or distinctive style or method:
  4. The act of delivering into the hands of another; delivery.

Derived terms

  • oral tradition
  • traditional
  • traditionally
  • traditionalism
  • traditionarily
  • traditionary


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