Eating turkey is part of the Thanksgiving tradition.
An example of a tradition is eating turkey on Thanksgiving or putting up a tree on Christmas.
- Obs. 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 Muhammad 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.
- A piece of folklore: “a popular medieval tradition that identified the queen of Sheba with the Blessed Virgin Mary” ( Nicholas Clapp )
Origin of traditionMiddle English tradicioun 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)
- (obsolete) To transmit by way of tradition; to hand down.
From Latin trÄditiÅ, from the verb trÄdere.