Tradition definition

trə-dĭshən
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The passing down of elements of a culture from generation to generation, especially by oral communication.

Cultural practices that are preserved by tradition.

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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.

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A historical line of conventions, principles, or attitudes characteristic of a school, social group, movement, etc.

The realist tradition in literature.

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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.
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A commonly held system.
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Among Muslims, the sayings and acts attributed to Muhammad and transmitted orally.
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A mode of thought or behavior followed by a people continuously from generation to generation; a custom or usage.

The traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.

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The act of delivering into the hands of another; delivery.
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(obsolete) To transmit by way of tradition; to hand down.
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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.

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A set of such customs and usages viewed as a coherent body of precedents influencing the present.

Followed family tradition in dress and manners.

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The handing down orally of stories, beliefs, customs, etc. from generation to generation.
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A story, belief, custom, proverb, etc. handed down in this way.
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Among Jews, the unwritten religious code and doctrine regarded as handed down from Moses.
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Among Christians, the unwritten teachings regarded as handed down from Jesus and the Apostles.
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A long-established custom or practice having the effect of precedent or unwritten law.
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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.
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(obs.) A surrender or betrayal.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
tradition
Plural:
traditions

Origin of tradition

  • Middle 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 dō- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin trāditiō, from the verb trādere.

    From Wiktionary