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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Talley grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and took an untraditional route to becoming a police officer. Patty Nieberg And Colleen Slevin, USA TODAY, "Hundreds honor slain officer credited with preventing more deaths in Boulder shooting," 31 Mar. 2021 In her role as winemaker at Apothic, Juergenson is inspired to bring innovative and untraditional blends to the table. Laura Denby, Better Homes & Gardens, "These Women in Wine Are the Masterminds Behind Some of Your Favorite Brands," 16 Mar. 2021 McAfee's program featured exclusive and lengthy interviews with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers throughout the 2020 NFL season; McAfee's untraditional media background has resonated with fans and attracted a loyal fanbase. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "'This is great (expletive) news': Why Skip Bayless' $32M Fox deal could mean payday for Pat McAfee," 8 Mar. 2021 The president has sought to find candidates with untraditional legal experience, including those from civil rights firms and public defenders. John Caniglia, cleveland, "Sherrod Brown faces pressure from civil rights advocates, including Tamir Rice’s mother, regarding selection process for federal prosecutor of northern Ohio," 25 Feb. 2021 In fact, the experiences of graduates with untraditional or non-business backgrounds show that the degree can help mid-career individuals parlay expertise in areas such as science or the military into business leadership. Patrick Thomas, WSJ, "Is a Mid-Career M.B.A. Worth It?," 21 Feb. 2021 Labor experts say this untraditional arrangement could chart a way forward for organizers in tech companies, which—like lots of white collar workplaces—have proven hostile to organizing. Aarian Marshall, Wired, "Google’s New Union Is Already Addressing Political Issues," 12 Jan. 2021 While the location for this Rose Bowl was truly untraditional, the Crimson Tide (12-0, No. 1 CFP) playing for the national title is a common occurrence in seven seasons of the CFP. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Alabama routs Notre Dame 31-14 in relocated Rose Bowl to earn trip to national championship game," 1 Jan. 2021 Grande confirmed the engagement news on Instagram with a series of photos featuring her and Gomez, as well as a close-up shot of her gorgeous, albeit untraditional, new hardware. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ariana Grande's Engagement Ring Might Have a Super-Sentimental Hidden Meaning," 21 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of untraditional

circa 1934, in the meaning defined above

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“Untraditional.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/untraditional. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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