the handing down of statements, beliefs, legends, customs, information, etc., from generation to generation, especially by word of mouth or by practice: a story that has come down to us by popular tradition.
something that is handed down: the traditions of the American South.
a long-established or inherited way of thinking or acting: The rebellious students wanted to break with tradition.
a continuing pattern of culture beliefs or practices.
a customary or characteristic method or manner: The winner took a victory lap in the usual track tradition.
(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.
- tra·di·tion·less, adjective
- an·ti·tra·di·tion, adjective
- coun·ter·tra·di·tion, noun
- non·tra·di·tion, noun
- pro·tra·di·tion, adjective
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How to use tradition in a sentence
Continue this new tradition of leisurely strolls filled with sniffing, socializing, and observing as life picks up again.
Although in-person challenges weren’t possible this year, Kellermann and Ferrara kept the tradition alive with a series of virtual challenges.
People are also finding new ways to experience old traditions.Why do we miss the rituals put on hold by the COVID-19 pandemic? | Sujata Gupta | August 14, 2020 | Science News
We begin, in fine Hot Takedown tradition, by talking about something that happened shortly after we recorded this week’s episode.
There, he was further immersed in a storytelling tradition that set him up for a lifetime of bringing stories to life.
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
Outside of Iran, Rigi's “confession” seemed like another in the long tradition of statements extracted from prisoners there.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan | Umar Farooq | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In every colony the "starving time," even if it had ever existed, was now no more than an ancient tradition.The Eve of the Revolution | Carl Becker
tradition alone preserves the memory of men and places across the ages and renders real to us what has long ceased to exist.Honey-Bee | Anatole France
Fairmile Common is associated, in local tradition, with the following tragedy.The Portsmouth Road and Its Tributaries | Charles G. Harper
Somers related an anecdote, well worthy to be remembered, which had been preserved by tradition in the noble house of De Vere.The History of England from the Accession of James II. | Thomas Babington Macaulay
There was more than one tradition in the berserker Scotch family to bear out the truth of it.The Weight of the Crown | Fred M. White
British Dictionary definitions for tradition
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
- traditionless, adjective
- traditionist, noun
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