- (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.
Origin of tradition
Examples from the Web for tradition
We've managed to survive, and I want to be a part of that tradition.
By tradition, the speaker of the House never participates in debates in the House and remains silent.
The tradition has lasted ever since, being seen as a great natural hangover remedy throughout the world.
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|Lennox Samuels|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
According to Adoflsson, the tradition is nothing more than good vs. evil, set in a quaint Swedish town.
The personal pride of the owner, curbed in its turn by the pride of tradition and family, spoke strangely from these words.Lady Rose's Daughter|Mrs. Humphry Ward
The unaltered tradition of the Palace, and the correspondence of the existing state of things with that tradition.The Fair Maid of Perth|Sir Walter Scott
A tradition still lingers that those who bore the coffin to the grave solemnly affirmed that it was empty and the body gone.Bygone Cumberland and Westmorland|Daniel Scott
Then Ellis left school and came to the works to carry on the tradition, and his father suddenly discovered him.Tales of the Five Towns|Arnold Bennett
We have to note only that what modern democracy has to face is no mere inertia of tradition.Liberalism|L. T. Hobhouse
British Dictionary definitions for tradition
Word Origin for tradition
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.