From tradition +‎ -ary.


traditionary (comparative more traditionary, superlative most traditionary)

  1. (now rare, archaic) Traditional, of or relating to tradition.
    • 1614, John Robinson, Of Religious Communion Private, & Publique, “Preface”, n.p.:
      [] they are ready to think it an hereticall way for any man to step out of the beaten trod of their teachers traditionary religion.
    • 1776, Thomas Paine, Common Sense, Philadelphia, “Of Monarchy and Hereditary Succession”, p. 13:
      [] as few or no records were extant in those days, and traditionary history stuff’d with fables, it was very easy after the lapse of a few generations, to trump up some superstitious tale conveniently timed, Mahomet like, to cram hereditary right down the throats of the vulgar.
    • 1814, Joseph Stevens Buckminster, Sermons of the Late Rev. J. S. Buckminster, Boston: J. Eliot, “Sermon 2”, p. 32:
      The reveries of the Talmud, which are a collection of Jewish traditionary interpolations, are unrivalled in the regions of absurdity.
    • 1832, 1851, Washington Irving, Tales from the Alhambra:
      First you hear the bells […], or perhaps the voice of the muleteer, admonishing some tardy or wandering animal, or chanting, at the full stretch of his lungs, some traditionary ballad.
    • 1874, John Hookham Frere, The Works of the Right Hon. John Hookham Frere, Vol. II, London: B. M. Pickering, “From Catullus: Carm. IV”, p. 383:
      And, with their old traditionary song, […]
    • 1991, Robert Alter, The World of Biblical Literature, Basic Books, Chapter 1, p. 15:
      But the literary critic must also resist the notion that the biblical text is a more or less unwitting accretion of traditionary materials […]


traditionary (plural traditionaries)

  1. (Judaism) Someone who places emphasis on traditions.