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Definition of tradition noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



[countable, uncountable]
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 a belief, custom, or way of doing something that has existed for a long time among a particular group of people; a set of these beliefs or customs religious/cultural, etc. traditions This region is steeped in tradition. The company has a long tradition of fine design. The British are said to love tradition (= to want to do things in the way they have always been done). They broke with tradition (= did things differently) and got married quietly. By tradition, children dress up in costumes and go trick-or-treating on Halloween. There's a tradition in our family that we have a party on New Year's Eve. He's a politician in the tradition of (= similar in style to) Kennedy.
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