- The definition of a tradition is a custom or belief that is passed down through the generations or that is done time after time or year after year.
An example of a tradition is eating turkey on Thanksgiving or putting up a tree on Christmas.
Eating turkey is part of the Thanksgiving tradition.
- Obsolete a surrender or betrayal
- the handing down orally of stories, beliefs, customs, etc. from generation to generation
- a story, belief, custom, proverb, etc. handed down in this way
- a historical line of conventions, principles, or attitudes characteristic of a school, social group, movement, etc.: the realist tradition in literature
- a long-established custom or practice having the effect of precedent or unwritten law
- Law delivery (sense )
- among Jews, the unwritten religious code and doctrine regarded as handed down from Moses
- among Christians, the unwritten teachings regarded as handed down from Jesus and the Apostles
- among Muslims, the sayings and acts attributed to Mohammed and transmitted orally
Origin of traditionMiddle English tradycion ; from Middle French tradicion ; from Classical Latin traditio, a surrender, delivery, tradition ; from traditus, past participle of tradere, to deliver: see treason
- The passing down of elements of a culture from generation to generation, especially by oral communication: cultural practices that are preserved by tradition.
- a. A mode of thought or behavior followed by a people continuously from generation to generation; a custom or usage: the traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.b. A set of such customs and usages viewed as a coherent body of precedents influencing the present: followed family tradition in dress and manners. See Synonyms at heritage.
- A precept or a body of precepts that are not written in the sacred book of a religion, such as the Bible, but are considered holy or true.
- A style or method of an activity or practice, especially of artistic expression, that is recognized and sometimes imitated: satire in the tradition of Jonathan Swift.
Origin of traditionMiddle English tradicion, from Old French, from Latin trāditiō, trāditiōn-, from trāditus, past participle of trādere, to hand over, deliver, entrust : trā-, trāns-, trans- + dare, to give; see dō- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present traditions, present participle traditioning, simple past and past participle traditioned)
From Latin trāditiō, from the verb trādere.