chiefly British, informal
: traditional
… had partaken of the trad British breakfast …Pamela Vandyke Price
Showcasing such trad virtues as live musicianship, brick-solid song structures and stylistic breadth, this is one sweet set.Paul Evans
… ski and surf outfits, not just in the dumb old trad black, either.Bernice Peck

Examples of trad in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Though many trad wives voice suspicions of contemporary feminism, there is no singular model. Sophie Elmhirst, The New Yorker, 29 Mar. 2024 The death of the girl boss was the birth of the trad boss who turns domesticity into a career. Abigail Anthony, National Review, 11 Feb. 2024 The 'absolutely ridiculous' idea that trad wives are all sinister Williams wants to be clear that not all trad wives are far-right extremists. Ariana Triggs, USA TODAY, 14 July 2023 Finally, there’s an audience that suggests trad jazz will still be heard in the next century. Noah Schaffer,, 21 Aug. 2023 Not all trad wives are alike, according to Estee Williams, a trad wife influencer on TikTok. Ariana Triggs, USA TODAY, 14 July 2023 But because worship is a hard sell, the trad wife is obliged to conjure endless horror shows and style herself, the procreative homemaker, as society’s true dissident—as the real feminist. Audrey Clare Farley, The New Republic, 4 May 2023 Expect their typical mix of originals and idiosyncratic takes on trad material., 10 June 2021 The trad crowd, as well as those that like to test and tinker with different grain-weight heads, will be drawn to this new broadhead. Jace Bauserman, Field & Stream, 9 Jan. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1955, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of trad was in 1955

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“Trad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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