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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Obviously, then, many traditional Italian dishes have an unsuspected Jewish origin., "In 1981, when Mrs. Machlin published “The Classic Cuisine of the Italian Jews,” few people were aware of the distinctive Jewish culinary traditions of that part of the world, or of the centuries-long history behind them.," 15 Sep. 2019 Through him, Ngqawana’s version of the traditional song, affiliated with the rite of passage into manhood that Xhosa men undergo, became a model jazz masterpiece. Nadia Neophytou, Billboard, "Wynton Marsalis and More Celebrate the Sounds of Post-Apartheid South African Jazz in New York," 14 Sep. 2019 This celebration of Latin American culture includes live music, traditional foods, arts and crafts and an activity zone for kids. Alison Stanton, azcentral, "The best fall festivals around Phoenix in 2019: Oktoberfest, Day of the Dead, art and more," 12 Sep. 2019 The restaurant, which opened on July 1 at 14741 Pearl Road, serves traditional Indian food, with various masalas, naans and curries on the menu. Anne Nickoloff,, "Zupadi serves authentic Indian food in Strongsville," 5 Sep. 2019 Camelot’s Fish & Chips has been serving up that traditional British dish since the dawn of the Nixon Administration in 1969. John Horgan, The Mercury News, "Horgan: Weekend mornings on the levee: ‘Tour de Shoreview’," 4 Sep. 2019 The adorable, year-old fast-casual spot in a Kearny Mesa strip mall puts a fresh spin on traditional dishes like rotisserie meat shawarma wraps, bowls, dips and desserts. Michele Parente, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Coronado’s new hotspot, San Diego’s coolest happy hour and more from our must list," 3 Sep. 2019 In addition to exercise, the program always provides healthful food, often traditional Native foods, and water at games. Evelyn Lillemoe / St. Paul Academy, Twin Cities, "ThreeSixty Journalism: Native lacrosse mixes competition and ceremony," 31 Aug. 2019 And because of the lack of maintenance and fumes, the operational costs of the vessel are essentially cut compared to the power yachts that use traditional propulsion systems, the company says. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Solar-Powered Yacht? Solar-Powered Yacht.," 28 Aug. 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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