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 State health mandates have limited gathering sizes and prevented high schools from holding traditional graduations this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, so the Anchorage School District had to come up with new ways to honor its 2020 graduates. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage’s graduating seniors get ‘Pomp and Circumstance’ at a safe social distance," 20 May 2020 That rhetoric reflects the traditional nature of Beijing-Canberra relations, which have long separated trade from politics. Naomi Xu Elegant, Fortune, "Of beef and barley: Why China and Australia are feuding—and what it means for the U.S. trade war," 19 May 2020 So given their simplified supply chains, might such alternative proteins rocket into widespread consumption during the pandemic, supplanting traditional meat? Matt Simon, Wired, "Covid Is Accelerating the Rise of Faux Meat," 19 May 2020 Marjorie Price’s illustrations are the perfect complement to this collection of both free verse and traditional poetry. Augusta Scattergood, The Christian Science Monitor, "Spring picture books to read with the ones you love," 18 May 2020 Already, vaccine developers, who consist of non-profit research groups, universities, and traditional drug companies, have entered the race at an unprecedented speed. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "We’ll need extraordinary measures to produce a Covid-19 vaccine," 18 May 2020 Shoppers crowded the traditional bazaars of Isfahan and Tehran. Farnaz Fassihi,, "Iran sees new surge in virus cases after reopening country," 18 May 2020 No plans on a virtual or traditional public memorial have been announced at this time. Keyaira Boone, Essence, "Little Richard Will Be Buried At Historically Black Oakwood University," 18 May 2020 Take Up a Needle and Thread Tap into the nostalgia of the cottagecore trend with traditional crafts, such as embroidery, knitting, and crocheting. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "6 Ways to Try the Cottagecore Trend for a Taste of the Simple Life," 18 May 2020

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First Known Use of traditional

1545, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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22 May 2020

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“Traditional.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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

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