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

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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

Examples of traditional in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The new Art Road Trip features a dozen destinations filled with art, both traditional and unconventional. Susan Glaser, cleveland, "Floating tents, Harding presidential library, John Glenn centennial: What’s new in Ohio travel for 2021," 22 Apr. 2021 That's a key difference between bitcoin and traditional fiat currencies like the US dollar or the euro, which are controlled by central banks. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "Bitcoin? Ethereum? Dogecoin? Your guide to the biggest names in crypto," 22 Apr. 2021 On the company’s earnings call, Reed Hastings, its co-CEO, said linear, or traditional, TV remains Netflix’s biggest competition, followed by YouTube. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "Netflix says Disney had nothing to do with its underwhelming quarter," 21 Apr. 2021 The new colors include aqua green, yellow, orange, red, purple, blue, and traditional silver aluminum. Yoni Heisler, BGR, "Apple just revealed its biggest and most exciting iMac update in years," 20 Apr. 2021 What’s clear is that start-ups and traditional companies in the automotive aftermarket have already embraced digitization to introduce various use cases and streamline processes within the value chain. Sarwant Singh, Forbes, "How Digitization Has Birthed A New Look Automotive Aftermarket," 20 Apr. 2021 Many of them are looking to Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt as the most formidable candidate, both to unite the Trump and traditional wings of the party in the primary and hold off the Democrats in November of 2022. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Eric Greitens taps Kimberly Guilfoyle to chair Missouri Senate bid," 19 Apr. 2021 Thorpe’s mother’s quilts are fastidious and traditional., "He was an MVP basketball player. Now his star is rising as an art quilter," 15 Apr. 2021 Sheehan said the home has a French countryside feel, offering refinement and traditional elements, in contrast to more modern homes on the market. Mary Grace Granados, Dallas News, "Take a look at this five-bedroom University Park house with a spa inside the home," 13 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of traditional

1545, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Apr 2021

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“Traditional.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of traditional

: based on a way of thinking, behaving, or doing something that has been used by the people in a particular group, family, society, etc., for a long time : following the tradition of a certain group or culture
: typical or normal for something or someone : having the qualities, beliefs, etc., that are usual or expected in a particular type of person or thing
: based on old-fashioned ideas : not new, different, or modern


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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