WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
tra•di•tion /trəˈdɪʃən/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. the handing down of statements, beliefs, etc., esp. by word of mouth or by practice:[uncountable]In Jewish tradition, learning is highly valued.
  2. something handed down in this way:[countable]the traditions of the Eskimos.
  3. a long-established way of thinking or acting:[uncountable]a break with tradition.
tra•di•tion•al, adj. : wearing traditional dress.
tra•di•tion•al•ly, adv. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
tra•di•tion  (trə dishən),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. 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.
  2. something that is handed down:the traditions of the Eskimos.
  3. a long-established or inherited way of thinking or acting:The rebellious students wanted to break with tradition.
  4. a continuing pattern of culture beliefs or practices.
  5. a customary or characteristic method or manner:The winner took a victory lap in the usual track tradition.
  6. [Theol.]
    • (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.
  7. [Law.]an act of handing over something to another, esp. in a formal legal manner;
    delivery;
    transfer.
tra•di tion•less, adj. 
  • 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
  1. the handing down from generation to generation of the same customs, beliefs, etc, esp by word of mouth
  2. the body of customs, thought, practices, etc, belonging to a particular country, people, family, or institution over a relatively long period
  3. a specific custom or practice of long standing
  4. a doctrine or body of doctrines regarded as having been established by Christ or the apostles though not contained in Scripture
  5. (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
  6. the beliefs and customs of Islam supplementing the Koran, esp as embodied in the Sunna
  7. chiefly the act of formally transferring ownership of movable property; delivery
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin trāditiō a handing down, surrender, from trādere to give up, transmit, from trans- + dāre to give

traˈditionless adj



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