traditional

adjective tra·di·tion·al \ trə-ˈdish-nəl , -ˈdi-shə-nᵊl \
Updated on: 12 Apr 2018

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

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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First Known Use of traditional

1545



TRADITIONAL Defined for Kids

traditional

adjective tra·di·tion·al \ trə-ˈdi-shə-nᵊl \

Definition of traditional for Students

1 : handed down from age to age
  • a traditional story
2 : based on custom
  • the traditional Thanksgiving dinner

traditionally

adverb


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