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

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 This immense and varied inventory is one distinguishing feature of this upstart company, which has challenged the traditional business model of the classic car industry. Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times, 9 Aug. 2022 Defying the traditional model that says everything must be ‘new’ and ‘improved’, the track embraced its history. Greg Engle, Forbes, 9 Aug. 2022 Bright colors make this Valentine's Day DIY pop—traditional pink hearts mix with bright orange, yellow, green, and blue patterned fabric on the banner. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Aug. 2022 But regulators now point to a 2015 study showing that vaccination with one fifth of the traditional dose generated a robust immune-system response comparable to that of the full dose. Matthew Perrone, ajc, 9 Aug. 2022 Limited virtual learning days available Under state law, JCPS has 10 non-traditional instruction, or NTI, days to use during the 2022-23 school year. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, 9 Aug. 2022 The fundraising market for traditional public listings, another source of capital for mature startups, is on track for its worst year since 2009, according to Dealogic. Berber Jin, WSJ, 9 Aug. 2022 Public health experts suggested that Novavax’s more traditional technology might convince some vaccine skeptics, wary of the mRNA technology used in Pfizer and Moderna’s shots, to finally get vaccinated. Nicholas Gordon, Fortune, 9 Aug. 2022 Dual-use smokers who also used traditional smoking cessation programs were much more likely to quit. Julie Washington, cleveland, 9 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of traditional

1545, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Traditional.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for traditional


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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