un·​tra·​di·​tion·​al | \ ˌən-trə-ˈdish-nəl How to pronounce untraditional (audio) , -ˈdi-shə-nᵊl\

Definition of untraditional

: not adhering to past practices or conventions : not traditional an untraditional wardrobe untraditional methods … a recipe for paella containing the hitherto untraditional combination of chicken and shrimp.— David Rosengarten

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untraditionally adverb
Untraditionally, Santa brought along his elves on all-terrain vehicles instead of Rudolph and his pals. — Melanie Mizenko

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The untraditional wedding cake has been baked, Prince William is Harry's best man, and the Queen has reportedly chosen a wedding gift for the happy couple. Temi Adebowale, Town & Country, "How To Livestream Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Wedding," 19 May 2018 The Reception: Located about a mile away from the chapel, the Dallas Country Club is an iconic wedding venue—but the duo put an untraditional twist on it. Kt Merry, Harper's BAZAAR, "From Dallas, With Love: This Texas Wedding Redefined Effortless Elegance," 7 Nov. 2018 But what does an untraditional holiday gathering even look like? ELLE Decor, "This Holiday Party Is Anything But Traditional—And We're Obsessed," 30 Nov. 2018 With quirky ornaments and an untraditional use of holiday classics, Camille created her own whimsical wonderland within her Austin, Texas, home. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "Blogger Camille Styles Breaks All Of The Traditional Holiday Decorating Rules," 23 Nov. 2018 Since season 2 premiered on August 5 (the show airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET), the couple have become fan favorites — though many criticize the untraditional start of their relationship. Eileen Reslen, Good Housekeeping, "Rachel and Jon of TLC's '90 Day Fiancé' Open Up About Her Pregnancy and His Criminal Record," 2 Sep. 2018 However, the designer intended for the untraditional hue to have the opposite effect. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Who Are Pippa Middleton and James Matthews?," 19 May 2018 While Meghan's untraditional fashion choices make predictions tough, here are Kay's top three picks for Prince Harry's fiancée on her wedding day. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Meghan Markle's Dad Won't Attend the Royal Wedding," 14 May 2018 This untraditional travel company specializes in tropical getaways that are more Tom Hanks in Cast Away than Tom Hanks on vacation. Jen Ortiz, Marie Claire, "The Ultimate Guide to Getting Away," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of untraditional

circa 1934, in the meaning defined above

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