tradition

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tra·di·tion

noun \trə-ˈdi-shən\

: a way of thinking, behaving, or doing something that has been used by the people in a particular group, family, society, etc., for a long time

: the stories, beliefs, etc., that have been part of the culture of a group of people for a long time

—used to say that someone has qualities which are like the qualities of another well-known person or group of people from the past

Full Definition of TRADITION

1
a :  an inherited, established, or customary pattern of thought, action, or behavior (as a religious practice or a social custom)
b :  a belief or story or a body of beliefs or stories relating to the past that are commonly accepted as historical though not verifiable
2
:  the handing down of information, beliefs, and customs by word of mouth or by example from one generation to another without written instruction
3
:  cultural continuity in social attitudes, customs, and institutions
4
:  characteristic manner, method, or style <in the best liberal tradition>
tra·di·tion·al \-ˈdish-nəl, -ˈdi-shə-nəl\ adjective
tra·di·tion·al·ly adverb
tra·di·tion·less \-ˈdi-shən-ləs\ adjective

Origin of TRADITION

Middle English tradicioun, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French tradicion, from Latin tradition-, traditio action of handing over, tradition — more at treason
First Known Use: 14th century

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