1. of or relating to tradition.
  2. handed down by tradition.
  3. in accordance with tradition.
  4. 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 tra·di·tion·ar·y [truh-dish-uh-ner-ee] /trəˈdɪʃ əˌnɛr i/ (for defs 1–3).

Origin of traditional

From the Medieval Latin word trāditiōnālis, dating back to 1585–95. See tradition, -al1
Related formstra·di·tion·al·i·ty, nountra·di·tion·al·ly, adverban·ti·tra·di·tion·al, adjectivean·ti·tra·di·tion·al·ly, adverbnon·tra·di·tion·al, adjectivenon·tra·di·tion·al·ly, adverbnon·tra·di·tion·ar·y, adjectivepre·tra·di·tion·al, adjectivepro·tra·di·tion·al, adjectivequa·si-tra·di·tion·al, adjectivequa·si-tra·di·tion·al·ly, adverbsem·i·tra·di·tion·al, adjectivesem·i·tra·di·tion·al·ly, adverbun·tra·di·tion·al, adjectiveun·tra·di·tion·al·ly, adverb

Synonyms for traditional

1, 2. conventional, customary, established. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for non-traditional


  1. of, relating to, or being a tradition
  2. 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 Formstraditionality (trəˌdɪʃəˈnælɪtɪ), nountraditionally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for non-traditional



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.

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