December 22, 2017
Learner's Word of the Day
tradition /trəˈdɪʃən/ noun
tradition
/trəˈdɪʃən/
noun

plural traditions

It is a tradition for the family to cook together during the holidays.
It is a tradition for the family to cook together during the holidays.
Learner's definition of TRADITION

1 : a way of thinking, behaving, or doing something that has been used by the people in a particular group, family, society, etc., for a long time

[count]

  • cultural traditions

  • an ancient/old tradition

  • One of our town's time-honored traditions is to have an Easter egg hunt the week before Easter.

[noncount]

  • The cheese is made according to tradition. [=made in a way that has been used for many years; made in the traditional way]

  • We broke with tradition and had goose for Thanksgiving instead of turkey.

  • By tradition, the celebration begins at midnight.

2 [noncount] : the stories, beliefs, etc., that have been part of the culture of a group of people for a long time

  • According to tradition, the goddess lies sleeping beneath the mountain.

  • He studied the Anglo-Saxon oral tradition. [=the stories, beliefs, etc., that a group of people shared by telling stories and talking to each other]

3 [singular] — used to say that someone has qualities which are like the qualities of another well-known person or group of people from the past

  • He's a politician in the best liberal tradition. [=a politician like other liberal politicians of the past] a politician in the (great/grand) tradition of Franklin Delano Roosevelt

  • a politician in the (great/grand) tradition of Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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