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Etymology edit

tradition +‎ -al

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  • IPA(key): /tɹəˈdɪʃənəl/, /tɹəˈdɪʃnəl/
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traditional (comparative more traditional, superlative most traditional)

  1. Of, relating to, or derived from tradition.
    This dance is one of the traditional customs in the area.
    I think her traditional values are antiquated.
  2. Communicated from ancestors to descendants by word only.
    traditional expositions of the Scriptures
  3. Observant of tradition; attached to old customs; old-fashioned.
  4. In lieu of the name of the composer of a piece of music, whose real name is lost in the mists of time.
  5. Relating to traditional Chinese.
    Coordinate term: simplified
    The traditional form of the character has twice as many strokes as the simplified form.

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Noun edit

traditional (countable and uncountable, plural traditionals)

  1. A person with traditional beliefs.
  2. (usually in the plural) Anything that is traditional, conventional, standard.
    • 1984 April 21, Maida Tilchen, “New Song, New Feminism, New Gay Awareness”, in Gay Community News, page 16:
      Singer Paula Elliot closed the evening's performances with a number of gospel, jazz and blues tunes. Elliot concentrated mostly on traditionals like "Motherless Child," "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out," "God Bless the Child," and "Wild Women Don't Get the Blues."
  3. (informal, uncountable) Short for traditional Chinese.
    Coordinate term: simplified
  4. (informal, uncountable) Short for traditional art (art produced with real physical media).
    Coordinate term: digital
  5. (informal, uncountable, music) Short for traditional grip.
    Coordinate term: matched