tra·di·tion·al | \trə-ˈdish-nəl, -ˈdi-shə-nᵊl\

Definition of traditional 

1 : of or relating to tradition : consisting of or derived from tradition a traditional celebration

2 : handed down from age to age traditional history traditional songs/stories

3 : following or conforming to tradition : adhering to past practices or established conventions traditional morality traditional values/beliefs employing traditional methods of cooking

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Other Words from traditional

traditionally adverb
a dish traditionally made with egg yolks, cream, and sugar a seating area traditionally reserved for the church's leaders

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Ernest Alfred, a traditional Namgis chief, occupied a net pen at Swanson Island for nearly 280 days beginning in August, until removed by court order in May sought by Marine Harvest, which operates 12 fish farms in the Broughton Archipelago. Anchorage Daily News, "Audit finds 70 percent of British Columbia fish-processing plants do not comply with environmental regulations," 8 July 2018 At first glance, this electronic device looks exactly like a traditional, stamped metal license plate. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Would you pay $700, plus a monthly fee, for a digital license plate?," 2 July 2018 For years, Facebook resisted abiding by the same Federal Election Commission political advertising regulations that traditional forms of media, like radio and television, are required to follow. Issie Lapowsky And Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "You Can Now See All the Ads Facebook Is Running Globally," 28 June 2018 The country’s traditional dance forms, which weren’t included in these particular performances, include the Samah dance, the Dabke, and their own version of sword dancing. National Geographic, "Amid a Civil War, These Syrians Keep Dancing," 26 June 2018 The summit, which will bring Mattis and President Donald Trump together with the traditional allies of the United States, illustrates the tightrope the former general has walked since arriving at the Pentagon. Missy Ryan, Greg Jaffe, Anchorage Daily News, "At summit, Mattis faces uphill battle," 10 July 2018 The United States and other traditional allies had excoriated the Polish government over the law, passed in February, condemning it as largely unenforceable, a threat to free speech, and an act of historical revisionism. Marc Santora, New York Times, "Poland’s Holocaust Law Weakened After ‘Storm and Consternation’," 27 June 2018 But while this still seems like the most likely scenario, the recent round of tit-for-tat tariff increases and the deterioration in Trump’s relationship with many of our traditional allies mean other scenarios now need to be considered. Mark Zandi,, "In today's global economy, nobody wins a trade war | Opinion," 22 June 2018 Trump's meeting with Kim came on the heels of his combative G7 meeting with traditional US allies, including Canada and the United Kingdom. The Christian Science Monitor, "Poll: Most Americans approve of Trump's handling of North Korea," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of traditional

1545, in the meaning defined above

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tra·di·tion·al | \trə-ˈdi-shə-nᵊl\

Kids Definition of traditional

1 : handed down from age to age a traditional story

2 : based on custom the traditional Thanksgiving dinner

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