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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Litigation is the most traditional route—and the most expensive and time consuming. Elizabeth Kiefer, Glamour, "How to Get Divorced," 30 Nov. 2018 But of course, the traditional NBC looked down their nose at them. Eric Johnson, Recode, "How to make a big company more innovative," 30 Nov. 2018 Health-care workers struggle to convince the local population to abandon traditional burial practices to prevent further infection. Thomas M. Burton, WSJ, "U.S. Pulls Ebola Experts From Congo Combat Zones," 14 Nov. 2018 Even better, the jacket is part of Everlane’s ReNew line that replaces traditional synthetic fabric with an extra-cozy sustainable fabric that’s made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "Everlane's ReNew Puffer With a 38,000 Person Waitlist Is Back in Stock," 29 Oct. 2018 Marriages are also sometimes seen as transactional events in a country where the traditional practice of paying dowries still exists. Todd Pitman, Fox News, "6 Years Gone: Myanmar woman escapes brutal China captivity," 6 Sep. 2018 In an alarming departure from traditional practice, the Trump Justice Department has refused to defend the law. Abbe Gluck, Vox, "The fate of the ACA could turn on Judge Kavanaugh’s appointment," 23 July 2018 Her research shows that these women have significantly better outcomes than those who receive traditional, one-on-one prenatal care. Sarah Kliff, Vox, "Sit in a circle. Talk to other pregnant women. Save your baby’s life?," 2 Nov. 2018 By carrying the rocket to 35,000 feet before launch, Cosmic Girl can release LauncherOne to deploy small-scale satellites without relying on—and paying for—the traditional ground launch. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Virgin Orbit Is One Step Closer to Launching a Rocket From the Side of a 747," 30 Oct. 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

Other Words from traditional

traditionally adverb

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