an inherited pattern of thought or action
a specific practice of long standing
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.
A commonly held system.
Origin: From traditio, from the verb tradere.
the act of delivering into the hands of another; delivery
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
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
an unwritten code of law represented to have been given by God to Moses on Sinai
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
to transmit by way of tradition; to hand down
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
tra-dish′un, n. the handing down of opinions or practices to posterity unwritten: a belief or practice thus handed down.—adjs. Tradi′tional, Tradi′tionary, delivered by tradition.—ns. Tradi′tionalism; Traditional′ity.—advs. Tradi′tionally, Tradi′tionarily.—n. Tradi′tionist, one who adheres to tradition.—adj. Trad′itive, traditional. [L.,—trans, over, dăre, to give.]
The Roycroft Dictionary
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
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'tradition' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1997
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'tradition' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3913
Rank popularity for the word 'tradition' in Nouns Frequency: #694
The numerical value of tradition in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of tradition in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
A tradition that forces a girl to get married at 13 is a bad tradition, it's time to fight all of those traditions.
The Canadian tradition, The Canadian tradition works, the Canadian tradition has been The Canadian tradition, an asset for our country.
Tradition kills originality; you keep repeating the same things in tradition! Behave like the sky; always create new and different things; be original!
History is more or less bunk. It's tradition. We don't want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker's damn is the history we made today.
It has always been part of our culture and tradition to assist and care for less fortunate and marginalized members of our communities. This culture is also embodied in the spirit and tradition of Ubuntu.
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Translations for tradition
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- تقليد, التقليدArabic
- ঐতিহ্য, রীতি, প্রথাBengali
- tradicióCatalan, Valencian
- tradition, overleveringDanish
- Tradition, Überlieferung, UrüberlieferungGerman
- traditsioon, pärimus, tava, kommeEstonian
- perimätieto, perinneFinnish
- seachadas, dualchas, beul-oideas, beul-aithrisScottish Gaelic
- tradíció, hagyományHungarian
- tradisi, adatIndonesian
- әдет-ғұрпы, салт, салт-дәстүр, дәстүрKazakh
- традиция, адат, каада-салт, салтKyrgyz
- TraditiounLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- традиција, преданиеMacedonian
- tradiție, datinăRomanian
- традиция, преданиеRussian
- predanje, традиција, tradicija, предањеSerbo-Croatian
- චාරිත්රයSinhala, Sinhalese
- utamaduni, tabia, tamaduni, itikadi, desturiSwahili
- анъана, суннатTajik
- däp, dessur, ýörelge, däp-dessurTurkmen
- kaugalian, tradisyonTagalog
- gelenek, töreTurkish
- رەسىمUyghur, Uighur
- truyền miệng, truyền thuyết, phong tụcVietnamese
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