Definition of tradition noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//trəˈdɪʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//trəˈdɪʃn//
[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 play tricks on 1 April. 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. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French tradicion, or from Latin traditio(n-), from tradere ‘deliver, betray’, from trans- ‘across’ + dare ‘give’.Extra examples According to tradition, a tree grew on this spot. By tradition, nobody interrupts an MP’s maiden speech. By tradition, ships are often referred to as ‘she’ in English. Following in the Hitchcock tradition, he always appears in the films he directs. He broke with the family tradition and did not go down the mines. He made it clear he was not going to be bound by tradition. He’s a politician in the tradition of Kennedy. He’s a politician in the tradition of= similar in style to Kennedy. His education gave him a lasting respect for tradition. I acquired lasting respect for tradition and veneration for the past. In a departure from tradition, the bride wore a red dress. In time-honoured tradition, a bottle of champagne was smashed on the ship. It became an annual tradition for me to ice the cake. Japan’s rich cultural tradition and history Old habits and traditions die hard. The building was constructed in the best traditions of church architecture. The girl had challenged the traditions of her patriarchal tribe. The locals get together every year to keep this age-old tradition alive. The tradition dates back to the 16th century. They have inherited a rich tradition of music and dance. This region has a great musical tradition. an oral tradition handed down from generation to generation people of all faith traditions Brittany has a lively and very distinctive sense of tradition. Germany has a tradition of good quality newspapers. He decided not to follow the family tradition of joining the navy. He is in the great tradition of British travel writers. The bride’s parents are by tradition expected to pay for the wedding. There is a tradition in our family that one of our ancestors was a Cherokee Indian. This year there will be a break with tradition.
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