- (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.
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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
Word Origin 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.