tradition

noun
tra·di·tion | \trə-ˈdi-shən \

Definition of tradition 

1a : an inherited, established, or customary pattern of thought, action, or behavior (such 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 … the bulk of traditions attributed to the Prophet …— J. L. Esposito

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

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Other Words from tradition

traditional \trə-ˈdish-nəl, -ˈdi-shə-nᵊl \ adjective
traditionally adverb
traditionless \trə-ˈdi-shən-ləs \ adjective

Examples of tradition in a Sentence

One of our town's time-honored traditions is to have an Easter egg hunt the week before Easter. It is their tradition to give thanks before they start eating. There's an office tradition of wearing casual clothes on Fridays. They no longer follow the traditions of their ancestors. We broke with tradition and had goose for Thanksgiving instead of turkey. By tradition, the celebration begins at midnight. They no longer follow tradition. According to tradition, the goddess lies sleeping beneath the mountain.
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Braiding, particularly in cultures with a strong African influence, is a tradition that goes back for generations. Allure, "25 Gorgeous Black Braided Hairstyles That Will Inspire Your Next Look," 10 July 2018 Fireworks are a celebratory tradition in the country that crosses cultural boundaries. Otis R. Taylor Jr., SFChronicle.com, "Fireworks fascination can never be defused, so keep your ears plugged," 9 July 2018 According to Billboard, homecoming is an American tradition. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "What is Homecoming?," 9 July 2018 Fireworks are a patriotic tradition in many countries, but are closely associated with the American revolution. Kevin Davenport, idahostatesman, "O say can you see? The science behind the booms and blooms of Independence Day fireworks," 3 July 2018 But many traditions and landmarks from decades ago are still around today, give or take a few variations. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, "Remembering Baltimore's magical glow from gaslights on a summer night," 14 July 2018 And a judge must interpret the Constitution as written, informed by history and tradition and precedent. Jeffrey Rosen, WSJ, "What We Learn from Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings," 13 July 2018 Then there’s Cape Cultural Tours, an operator dedicated to Aboriginal traditions and experiences led by Wadandi guides. Christina Liao, Vogue, "Why You Should Be Going to Australia for Fresh Black Truffles," 12 July 2018 The album's lyricism orients around ideas of religious tradition and spirituality and is altogether fueled by metaphor. Henry Youtt, Billboard, "8 Lyrics from Years & Years' 'Palo Santo' to Get Over Your Exes," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of tradition

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for tradition

Middle English tradicioun, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French tradicion, from Latin tradition-, traditio action of handing over, tradition — more at treason

French, legal transfer

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tradition

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tradition

: 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

tradition

noun
tra·di·tion | \trə-ˈdi-shən \

Kids Definition of tradition

1 : the handing down of information, beliefs, or customs from one generation to another

2 : a belief or custom handed down from one generation to another

tradition

noun
tra·di·tion

Legal Definition of tradition 

in the civil law of Louisiana : transfer or acquisition of property especially by delivery with intent of both parties to transfer the title delivery of the act of transfer or use of the right by the owner of the dominant estate constitutes traditionLouisiana Civil Code

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