tra·​di·​tion·​al | \ trə-ˈdish-nəl How to pronounce traditional (audio) , -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

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

Examples of traditional in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The home is traditional on the outside but has contemporary interiors. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, 17 May 2022 Nation of Islam leader Elijah, Robertson’s tenor was more traditional, most climactically in a laser-beam-bright high note held at the end of Elijah’s first aria. Christian Hertzog, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 May 2022 That starts with shifting as many of their data processes as possible to the cloud, transitioning away from the traditional fragmented on-premises approach to something far more integrated and accessible. Lisa Caldwell, Forbes, 16 May 2022 Other shots are more traditional, such as one of an old Joshua tree in California. Cate Mcquaid,, 11 May 2022 This famous, home-name brand has taken a traditional, gentle approach to their antiperspirant, so you can be assured any moisture is eliminated even on the hottest of days. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 May 2022 Maria’s early work was traditional in style, referencing Ming dynasty designs. Sean Santiago, ELLE Decor, 9 May 2022 As is traditional for retiring principal players, Peck got to select his own send-off for his final season. Hannah Edgar, Chicago Tribune, 1 May 2022 Choose corn tortillas, which are not only more traditional than flour but also lower in calories and sodium and higher in fiber. Bethany Thayer, Detroit Free Press, 30 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of traditional

1545, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of traditional was in 1545

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“Traditional.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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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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