Definitions for traditiontrəˈdɪʃ ən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

tra•di•tiontrəˈdɪʃ ən(n.)

  1. the handing down of statements, beliefs, legends, customs, etc., from generation to generation, esp. by word of mouth or by practice.

  2. something that is so handed down:

    the traditions of the Eskimos.

  3. a long-established or inherited way of thinking or acting:

    a break with tradition.

  4. (among Jews) a body of laws and doctrines, or any one of them, held to have been received from Moses and orig. handed down orally from generation to generation. (among Christians) a body of teachings, or any one of them, held to have been delivered by Christ and His apostles but not orig. committed to writing.

    Category: Religion, Judaism

Origin of tradition:

1350–1400; ME tradicion < OF < L trāditiō handing over, transfer <trādi, var. s. of trādere to give over (trā-, var. of trāns-trans - +-dere, comb. form of dare to give)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. tradition(noun)

    an inherited pattern of thought or action

  2. custom, tradition(noun)

    a specific practice of long standing

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. tradition(noun)əˈdɪʃ ən

    a custom, belief, etc. that has existed for a very long time

    a Zulu tradition; a family tradition

Wiktionary

  1. tradition(Noun)

    A part of culture that is passed from person to person or generation to generation, possibly differing in detail from family to family, such as the way to celebrate holidays.

  2. tradition(Noun)

    A commonly held system.

  3. Origin: From traditio, from the verb tradere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tradition(noun)

    the act of delivering into the hands of another; delivery

  2. Tradition(noun)

    the unwritten or oral delivery of information, opinions, doctrines, practices, rites, and customs, from father to son, or from ancestors to posterity; the transmission of any knowledge, opinions, or practice, from forefathers to descendants by oral communication, without written memorials

  3. Tradition(noun)

    hence, that which is transmitted orally from father to son, or from ancestors to posterity; knowledge or belief transmitted without the aid of written memorials; custom or practice long observed

  4. Tradition(noun)

    an unwritten code of law represented to have been given by God to Moses on Sinai

  5. Tradition(noun)

    that body of doctrine and discipline, or any article thereof, supposed to have been put forth by Christ or his apostles, and not committed to writing

  6. Tradition(verb)

    to transmit by way of tradition; to hand down

Freebase

  1. Tradition

    A tradition is a belief or behavior passed down within a group or society with symbolic meaning or special significance with origins in the past. Common examples include holidays or impractical but socially meaningful clothes, but the idea has also been applied to social norms such as greetings. Traditions can persist and evolve for thousands of years—the word "tradition" itself derives from the Latin tradere or traderer literally meaning to transmit, to hand over, to give for safekeeping. While it is commonly assumed that traditions have ancient history, many traditions have been invented on purpose, whether that be political or cultural, over short periods of time. Certain scholarly fields, such as anthropology and biology, have adapted the term "tradition," defining it more precisely than its conventional use in order to facilitate scholarly discourse. The concept of tradition, as the notion of holding on to a previous time, is also found in political and philosophical discourse. For example, the political concept of traditionalism is based around it, as are strands of many world religions including traditional Catholicism. In artistic contexts, tradition is used to decide the correct display of an art form. For example, in the performance of traditional genres, adherence to guidelines dictating how an art form should be composed are given greater importance than the performer's own preferences. A number of factors can exacerbate the loss of tradition, including industrialization, globalization, and the assimilation or marginalization of specific cultural groups. In response to this, tradition-preservation attempts have now been started in many countries around the world, focusing on aspects such as traditional languages. Tradition is usually contrasted with the goal of modernity and should be differentiated from customs, conventions, laws, norms, routines, rules and similar concepts.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. tradition

    1. Salvation through ossification; redemption through folklore; a fetter for the foolish. 2. A clock that tells what time it was. 3. A method of holding the many back while some man does the thing which they declare is impossible.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tradition' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1997

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tradition' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3913

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tradition' in Nouns Frequency: #694


Translations for tradition

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

tradition(noun)

(the process of passing on from generation to generation) customs, beliefs, stories etc

These songs have been preserved by tradition.

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