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

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There is a traditional, homemade, [Sudanese] incense made from little pieces of wood and sugar. Jessica Cruel,, "Adut Akech: "Everything I Got Bullied For, I Love Today"," 14 July 2019 Both fragrances are designed with traditional Valentino rockstud spikes paying homage to the rich history of the brand, while the scents are both bring very different energies. Asia Milia Ware, Teen Vogue, "Adut Akech and Anwar Hadid Star In Valentino Beauty's New Fragrance Campaign," 11 July 2019 The repertoire remains traditional, but conductors are greeted by the audience like rockstars. R.d. | Tallinn, The Economist, "The power and the passion of folk singing in Estonia," 11 July 2019 The surmounting backlash to the brand's name, which includes Kim's name but also aligns historic and traditional Japanese clothing with undergarments, prompted a reaction from Kim Kardashian West today. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian West Will Relaunch Her "Kimono" Line Under a New Name," 1 July 2019 This is appropriate for traditional, heavy duty, Mac-specific apps, Apple says. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Catalyst deep dive: The future of Mac software according to Apple and devs," 1 July 2019 Even in Indianapolis where there are plenty of traditional, commercial preschool settings, many still have waiting lists. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Why a seemingly chaotic pre-K class may be the best kind," 28 June 2019 Latido serves a mix of traditional and cheffed-up takes of the cuisines of Argentina, Peru, Panama and Colombia, including phenomal empanadas and a lucid tuna ceviche. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Our restaurant critic's 12 favorite metro Detroit dishes from the first half of 2019," 28 June 2019 Granted, there are always a handful of traditional, large-scale displays around the metro area — mostly on the July 4 holiday, which this year falls on a Thursday. John Wenzel, The Know, "Denver fireworks 2019: Your guide to Fourth of July displays in the metro area," 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of traditional

1545, in the meaning defined above

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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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