tra·​di·​tion·​al trə-ˈdish-nəl How to pronounce traditional (audio)
: of or relating to tradition : consisting of or derived from tradition
a traditional celebration
: handed down from age to age
traditional history
traditional songs/stories
: 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

Examples of traditional in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1545, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of traditional was in 1545

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“Traditional.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: handed down from age to age without writing
: based on custom
our traditional Thanksgiving dinner

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