tradition

[truh-dish-uhn]

noun


Origin of tradition

1350–1400; Middle English tradicion < Old French < Latin trāditiōn- (stem of trāditiō) a handing over or down, transfer, equivalent to trādit(us), past participle of trādere to give over, impart, surrender, betray (trā-, variant of trāns- trans- + -ditus, combining form of datus given; see date1) + -iōn- -ion
Related formstra·di·tion·less, adjectivean·ti·tra·di·tion, adjectivecoun·ter·tra·di·tion, nounnon·tra·di·tion, nounpro·tra·di·tion, adjective

Synonyms for tradition

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Contemporary Examples of tradition

Historical Examples of tradition

  • Tradition vaits for years to ripen vine and make it perfect.

  • But the reception they got departed from tradition and propriety.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • What science would say about it, I do not know; tradition was quite voluble.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • For him, tradition reigned, and law was ever laying out the way.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • One could even believe she had reigned a beauty, as the tradition of the house declared.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown


British Dictionary definitions for tradition

tradition

noun

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
Derived Formstraditionless, adjectivetraditionist, noun

Word Origin for tradition

C14: from Latin trāditiō a handing down, surrender, from trādere to give up, transmit, from trans- + dāre to give
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Word Origin and History for tradition
n.

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.

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