WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
tra•di•tion /trəˈdɪʃən/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
tra•di•tion•al, adj. : wearing traditional dress.
- the handing down of statements, beliefs, etc., esp. by word of mouth or by practice:[uncountable]In Jewish tradition, learning is highly valued.
- something handed down in this way:[countable]the traditions of the Eskimos.
- a long-established way of thinking or acting:[uncountable]a break with tradition.
(trə dish′ən),USA pronunciation n.
tra•di ′tion•less, adj.
- the handing down of statements, beliefs, legends, customs, information, etc., from generation to generation, esp. by word of mouth or by practice:a story that has come down to us by popular tradition.
- something that is handed down:the traditions of the Eskimos.
- a long-established or inherited way of thinking or acting:The rebellious students wanted to break with tradition.
- a continuing pattern of culture beliefs or practices.
- a customary or characteristic method or manner:The winner took a victory lap in the usual track tradition.
- (among Jews) body of laws and doctrines, or any one of them, held to have been received from Moses and originally handed down orally from generation to generation.
- (among Christians) a body of teachings, or any one of them, held to have been delivered by Christ and His apostles but not originally committed to writing.
- (among Muslims) a hadith.
- [Law.]an act of handing over something to another, esp. in a formal legal manner;
- Latin trāditiōn- (stem of trāditiō) a handing over or down, transfer, equivalent. to trādit(us), past participle of trādere to give over, impart, surrender, betray (trā-, variant of trāns- trans- + -ditus, combining form of datus given; see date1) + -iōn- -ion
- Old French
- Middle English tradicion 1350–1400
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged custom, practice, habit, convention, usage.
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tradition /trəˈdɪʃən/ n
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin trāditiō a handing down, surrender, from trādere to give up, transmit, from trans- + dāre to givetraˈditionless adj
- the handing down from generation to generation of the same customs, beliefs, etc, esp by word of mouth
- the body of customs, thought, practices, etc, belonging to a particular country, people, family, or institution over a relatively long period
- a specific custom or practice of long standing
- a doctrine or body of doctrines regarded as having been established by Christ or the apostles though not contained in Scripture
- (often capital) a body of laws regarded as having been handed down from Moses orally and only committed to writing in the 2nd century ad
- the beliefs and customs of Islam supplementing the Koran, esp as embodied in the Sunna
- chiefly the act of formally transferring ownership of movable property; delivery
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