See also: Tradition

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Etymology

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From Middle English tradicioun, from Old French tradicion, from Latin trāditiō, from the verb trādō. Doublet of treason.

Pronunciation

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  • enPR: trə-dishʹ(ə)n, IPA(key): /tɹəˈdɪʃən/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪʃən

Noun

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tradition (countable and uncountable, 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, in 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. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
  3. An established or distinctive style or method:
    • Following tradition, the victorious athlete runs a lap around the track.
  4. The act of delivering into the hands of another; delivery.
    • 1765–1769, William Blackstone, Commentaries on the Laws of England, (please specify |book=I to IV), Oxford, Oxfordshire: [] Clarendon Press, →OCLC:
      A deed takes effect only from this tradition or delivery; for, if the date be false or impossible, the delivery ascertains the time of it.

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Verb

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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.
    • 1655, Thomas Fuller, The Church-history of Britain; [], London: [] Iohn Williams [], →OCLC:
      The following story is [] traditioned with very much credit amongst our English Catholics.

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Danish

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Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): /tradiˈsjoːn/, [tˢʁɑd̥iˈɕonˀ]

Noun

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tradition c (singular definite traditionen, plural indefinite traditioner)

  1. tradition

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Finnish

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Noun

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tradition

  1. genitive singular of traditio

French

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Etymology

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Inherited from Middle French tradition, from Old French, borrowed from Latin trāditiōnem, from the verb trādere. Compare trahison.

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Noun

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tradition f (plural traditions)

  1. tradition
  2. a type of baguette or French stick

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Middle French

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Alternative forms

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Etymology

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From Old French tradicion (delivery), a borrowing from Latin.

Noun

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tradition f (plural traditions)

  1. delivery
  2. treason
  3. fable; oral narrative
  4. custom
  5. tradition

Descendants

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  • French: tradition

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Swedish

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Pronunciation

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Noun

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tradition c

  1. (uncountable, countable) tradition

Declension

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Declension of tradition 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative tradition traditionen traditioner traditionerna
Genitive traditions traditionens traditioners traditionernas
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