Definition of TRADITION
1a: an inherited, established, or customary pattern of thought, action, or behavior (as a religious practice or a social custom)
1b: a belief or story or a body of beliefs or stories relating to the past that are commonly accepted as historical though not verifiable.
2: the handing down of information, beliefs, and customs by word of mouth or by example from one generation to another without written instruction.
3: cultural continuity in social attitudes, customs, and institutions.
4: characteristic manner, method, or style <in the best liberal tradition>
— tra·di·tion·al -ˈdish-nəl, -ˈdi-shə-nəl adjective
— tra·di·tion·al·ly adverb
— tra·di·tion·less -ˈdi-shən-ləs adjective
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Examples of TRADITION
- One of our town’s time-honoured traditions is to have an Easter egg hunt the week before Easter.
- It is their tradition to give thanks before they start eating.
- There’s an office tradition of wearing casual clothes on Fridays.
- They no longer follow the traditions of their ancestors.
- We broke with tradition and had goose for Thanksgiving instead of turkey.
- By tradition, the celebration begins at midnight.
- They no longer follow tradition.
- According to tradition, the goddess lies sleeping beneath the mountain.
Origin of TRADITION
Middle English tradicioun, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French tradicion, from Latin tradition-, traditio action of handing over, tradition — more at treason
First Known Use: 14th century