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[truh-dish-uh-nl] /trəˈdɪʃ ə nl/
of or relating to tradition.
handed down by tradition.
in accordance with tradition.
of, relating to, or characteristic of the older styles of jazz, especially New Orleans style, Chicago style, Kansas City style, and Dixieland.
Compare mainstream (def 5).
Also, traditionary
[truh-dish-uh-ner-ee] /trəˈdɪʃ əˌnɛr i/ (Show IPA),
(for defs 1–3).
Origin of traditional
From the Medieval Latin word trāditiōnālis, dating back to 1585-95. See tradition, -al1
Related forms
traditionality, noun
traditionally, adverb
antitraditional, adjective
antitraditionally, adverb
nontraditional, adjective
nontraditionally, adverb
nontraditionary, adjective
pretraditional, adjective
protraditional, adjective
quasi-traditional, adjective
quasi-traditionally, adverb
semitraditional, adjective
semitraditionally, adverb
untraditional, adjective
untraditionally, adverb
1, 2. conventional, customary, established. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for traditionally
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  • The trees are traditionally said to have been brought from Lowther, and were, at the time of planting, a cart load each.

    The Vale of Lyvennet John Salkeld Bland
  • Many of the figures are traditionally supposed to be portraits.

    Six Centuries of Painting Randall Davies
  • The nurseries had been up there traditionally, because that situation kept noisy children well out of the way of guests.

    Wenderholme Philip Gilbert Hamerton
  • traditionally, this, is one of the most interesting points in Peru.

    The Prehistoric World E. A. Allen
  • An old tower-like structure near the railway station is traditionally regarded as a mansion of the Knights Templar.

British Dictionary definitions for traditionally


of, relating to, or being a tradition
of or relating to the style of jazz originating in New Orleans, characterized by collective improvisation by a front line of trumpet, trombone, and clarinet accompanied by various rhythm instruments
Derived Forms
traditionality (trəˌdɪʃəˈnælɪtɪ) noun
traditionally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for traditionally



c.1600, from tradition + -al (1). In reference to jazz, from 1950. Slang trad, short for trad(itional jazz) is recorded from 1956; its general use for "traditional" is recorded from 1963. Related: Traditionally.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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