untraditional

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

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

Other Words from untraditional

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

Examples of untraditional in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Anne Marie Schubert’s bid as an untraditional independent candidate has so far failed to gain traction among voters. Hannah Wiley, Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2022 Not only has our untraditional relationship normalized the idea of a successful female in business, but our boys also have firsthand experience with a warm, nurturing, and reliable male caregiver. Gina Mastantuono, Forbes, 16 May 2022 Our experts' tested three brushes with this untraditional shape, and this one was their favorite. Jodhaira Rodriguez, Good Housekeeping, 24 May 2022 For such a historic club—the Bel-Air Country Club opened in 1927—it might feel a bit untraditional to build a futuristic-style home within the golf community. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 9 May 2022 In the midst of memes lay hundreds of (hilarious) tweets from Black women who are open about their affection for the untraditional rapper. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 11 Apr. 2022 New faces emerged from untraditional backgrounds, often encouraged by specific organizations or individuals to run. Alixel Cabrera, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 Feb. 2022 The film serves both as an in-depth character portrait and an untraditional rom-com, placing its primary concern on the brazen, impulsive way Julie (an impressive ​​Renate Reinsve) chooses to navigate the world. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 15 Mar. 2022 The new photo marks the second time in just two weeks that the pair has played into the untraditional on-screen romance between their Succession characters. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, 11 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of untraditional

circa 1934, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of untraditional was circa 1934

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18 Jun 2022

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“Untraditional.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/untraditional. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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