- The definition of time-honored is long-standing, revered or followed as a result of a long tradition or history.
If your family has a 20-year tradition of decorating the Christmas tree on Christmas eve, this tradition is an example of something that would be described as a time-honored tradition.
time-honored definition by Webster's New World
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honored or observed because in existence or usage for a long time
time-honored definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Respected or adhered to because of age or age-old observance.