- the handing down of statements, beliefs, legends, customs, information, etc., from generation to generation, especially 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, especially in a formal legal manner; delivery; transfer.
Origin of tradition
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Examples from the Web for tradition
We've managed to survive, and I want to be a part of that tradition.My Week on Jewish Tinder
January 5, 2015
By tradition, the speaker of the House never participates in debates in the House and remains silent.The YOLO Caucus' New Cry for Attention
January 4, 2015
The tradition has lasted ever since, being seen as a great natural hangover remedy throughout the world.History's Craziest Hangover Cures
December 30, 2014
AirAsia, on the other hand, is a relatively new carrier, an upstart in the tradition of Southwest Airlines in the United States.The Presumed Crash of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Is Nothing Like MH370
December 29, 2014
According to Adoflsson, the tradition is nothing more than good vs. evil, set in a quaint Swedish town.Sweden’s Burning Christmas Goat
December 25, 2014
Tradition vaits for years to ripen vine and make it perfect.The Bacillus of Beauty
But the reception they got departed from tradition and propriety.The Secret Agent
What science would say about it, I do not know; tradition was quite voluble.
For him, tradition reigned, and law was ever laying out the way.
One could even believe she had reigned a beauty, as the tradition of the house declared.Meadow Grass
- 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
- Christianity a doctrine or body of doctrines regarded as having been established by Christ or the apostles though not contained in Scripture
- (often capital) Judaism 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
- law, mainly Roman law Scots law the act of formally transferring ownership of movable property; delivery
Word Origin and History for tradition
late 14c., from Old French tradicion (late 13c.), from Latin traditionem (nominative traditio) "delivery, surrender, a handing down," from traditus, past participle of tradere "deliver, hand over," from trans- "over" (see trans-) + dare "to give" (see date (n.1)). The word is a doublet of treason (q.v.). The notion in the modern sense of the word is of things "handed down" from generation to generation.