tradition

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From Latin trāditiō, from the verb trādere.

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tradition (plural traditions)

  1. 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.
    • 1920, T. S. Eliot, “Tradition and the Individual Talent”, in The Sacred Wood:
      Yet if the only form of tradition, of handing down, consisted in following the ways of the immediate generation before us in a blind or timid adherence to its successes, "tradition" should positively be discouraged.
    • 1928, Lawrence R. Bourne, chapter 2, Well Tackled![1]:
      Evidently he did not mean to be a mere figurehead, but to carry on the old tradition of Wilsthorpe's; and that was considered to be a good thing in itself and an augury for future prosperity.
    • 1850, Charles Dickens, A Christmas Tree:
      After breakfast, Charles Macdoodle told Lady Mary that it was a tradition in the family that those rumbling carriages on the terrace betokened death.
  2. A commonly held system.
  3. The act of delivering into the hands of another; delivery.
    • Blackstone
      A deed takes effect only from the tradition or delivery.

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tradition (third-person singular simple present traditions, present participle traditioning, simple past and past participle traditioned)

  1. (obsolete) To transmit by way of tradition; to hand down.
    • Fuller
      The following story is [] traditioned with very much credit amongst our English Catholics.

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tradition c (singular definite traditionen, plural indefinite traditioner)

  1. tradition

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tradition

  1. Genitive singular form of traditio.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin trāditiō, from the verb trādere. Compare trahison.

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  • IPA(key): /tʁa.di.sjɔ̃/
  • (file)
  • Homophone: traditions
  • Hyphenation: tra‧di‧tion

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tradition f (plural traditions)

  1. tradition

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tradition c

  1. tradition

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