traditional

adjective
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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The struggling maker of Schick razors is buying Harry’s Inc., an upstart rival that started selling razors online and has recently expanded into traditional retail stores. Allison Prang, WSJ, "Maker of Schick Razors to Buy Upstart Harry’s," 9 May 2019 The couple is having a traditional Indian wedding, which typically involves several days of activities and celebrations. Mekita Rivas, Teen Vogue, "Everything Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Wore During Their Wedding Celebrations," 29 Nov. 2018 In a traditional vehicle, every seat (typically) faces forward—certainly those facing airbags do. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "The Mercedes-Benz ESF Is a One-Car Showcase of the Way Safety Will Look in Vehicles of the Future," 20 May 2019 The idea for Beyoncé's performance came from traditional homecoming celebrations at HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities). Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Twitter is Accusing Taylor Swift of Copying Beyoncé's Homecoming Performance at the 2019 BBMAs," 2 May 2019 In the first image, Dany's hair is pulled back into her traditional braided half-up style—a braid for every victory in battle. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Did You Catch This Major Hair Mistake in the Game of Thrones Premiere?," 17 Apr. 2019 Artists who lived across the chasm of World War II often rebelled against traditional forms, taking up the standards of savage irony and deconstruction. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: A Memorial Tablet in Viale Cavour," 21 Dec. 2018 This has been confirmed by reports from real-world battery use in Australia, where the massive Tesla battery at the Hornsdale Wind Farm has been used to maintain grid frequency, rather than replacing more traditional forms of electricity generation. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "New year, same story: Cost of wind and solar fall below cost of coal and gas," 12 Nov. 2018 Some are the old-guard names — Jerry Falwell Jr., Franklin Graham — associated with a more traditional form of evangelicalism and the rise of the moral majority. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Historian and author John Fea on Trump’s “court evangelicals” and the long history of Christian nationalism.," 5 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of traditional

1545, in the meaning defined above

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traditional

adjective

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

traditional

adjective
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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