• WordNet 3.6
    • n tradition a specific practice of long standing
    • n tradition an inherited pattern of thought or action
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Traditionally, wild cabbage was used as an aphrodisiac
    • Tradition (Theol) An unwritten code of law represented to have been given by God to Moses on Sinai.
    • Tradition Hence, that which is transmitted orally from father to son, or from ancestors to posterity; knowledge or belief transmitted without the aid of written memorials; custom or practice long observed. "Will you mock at an ancient tradition begun upon an honorable respect?""Naught but tradition remains of the beautiful village of Grand-Pré."
    • Tradition (Theol) That body of doctrine and discipline, or any article thereof, supposed to have been put forth by Christ or his apostles, and not committed to writing.
    • Tradition The act of delivering into the hands of another; delivery. "A deed takes effect only from the tradition or delivery."
    • Tradition The unwritten or oral delivery of information, opinions, doctrines, practices, rites, and customs, from father to son, or from ancestors to posterity; the transmission of any knowledge, opinions, or practice, from forefathers to descendants by oral communication, without written memorials.
    • v. t Tradition To transmit by way of tradition; to hand down. "The following story is . . . traditioned with very much credit amongst our English Catholics."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Although not named in the New Testament, tradition names the two thieves crucified at the same time as Jesus as Dismas and Gestas.
    • n tradition The act of handing over something in a formal legal manner; the act of delivering into the hands of another; delivery.
    • n tradition The handing down of opinions, doctrines, practices, rites, and customs from ancestors to posterity; the transmission of any opinion or practice from forefathers to descendants or from one generation to another, by oral communication, without written memorials.
    • n tradition A statement, opinion, or belief, or a body of statements or opinions or beliefs, that has been handed down from age to age by oral communication; knowledge or belief transmitted without the aid of written memorials.
    • n tradition In theology, that body of doctrine and discipline supposed to have been revealed or commanded by God, but not committed to writing, and therefore not incorporated in the Scriptures. According to the Pharisees, when Moses was on Mount Sinai two sets of laws were delivered to him by God, one of which was recorded, while the other was handed down from father to son, and miraculously kept uncorrupted to their day. These are the traditions referred to in Mat. xv. 2 and other parallel passages. Roman Catholic theologians maintain that much of Christ's oral teaching not committed to writing by the immediate disciples has been preserved in the church, and that this instruction, together with that subsequently afforded to the church by the direct teaching of the Holy Spirit—all of which is to be found in the writings of the fathers, the decrees of councils, and the decretals of the Popes—constitutes a body of tradition as truly divine, and therefore as trnly authoritative, as the Scriptures themselves (L. Abbott, Dict. Rel. Knowledge). Anglican theologians, on the other hand, while acknowledging tradition recorded in ancient writers as of more or less authority in interpretation of Scripture and in questions of church polity and ceremonies, do not coördinate it with Scripture.
    • n tradition In Mohammedanism, the words and deeds of Mohammed (and to some extent of his companions), not contained in the Koran, but handed down for a time orally, and then recorded. They are called hadīsh, ‘sayings,’ or oftener sunna, ‘customs,’ and they constitute a very large body, and have given rise to an immense literature. By their acceptance or non-acceptance of the traditions as authoritative, the Mohammedans are divided into Sunnites and Shiites. See Sunna, Sunnite.
    • n tradition A custom handed down from one age or generation to another and having acquired almost the force of law.
    • n tradition In the fine arts, literature, etc., the accumulated experience, advance, or achievement of the past, as handed down by predecessors or derived immediately from them by artists, schools, or writers.
    • tradition To transmit as a tradition.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Bumping foreheads with a hands shake is the traditional greeting in Tibet.
    • n Tradition tra-dish′un the handing down of opinions or practices to posterity unwritten: a belief or practice thus handed down
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  • Oscar Wilde
    “The youth of America is their oldest tradition. It has been going on now for three hundred years.”
  • Mark Twain
    “Often, the less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of it.”
  • Paul Tsongas
    Paul Tsongas
    “Let's try winning and see what it feels like. If we don't like it, we can go back to our traditions.”
  • Sir Alfred Jules Ayer
    Sir Alfred Jules Ayer
    “The traditional disputes of philosophers are, for the most part, as unwarranted as they are unfruitful.”
  • Albert Einstein
    “The highest principles for our aspirations and judgments are given to us in the Jewish-Christian religious tradition.”
  • Jacques Barzun
    Jacques Barzun
    “Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. tradicioun, L. traditio, from tradere, to give up, transmit. See Treason Traitor
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—trans, over, dăre, to give.


In literature:

Traditions unheeded before sprang to light.
"Jewish Literature and Other Essays" by Gustav Karpeles
It was brought by the fairies, is one tradition; it was nothing of the kind, is another.
"Highways and Byways in Surrey" by Eric Parker
If the tradition is broken, the race begins again where it stood before the tradition was formed.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
Weedon, it was easy to note, was battering down tradition.
"The Prisoner" by Alice Brown
Does our knowledge come originally from direct observation, from written tradition, or from oral tradition?
"Introduction to the Study of History" by Charles V. Langlois
Mother-right passed away, remaining only as a tradition, or practised in isolated cases among primitive peoples.
"The Truth About Woman" by C. Gasquoine Hartley
Secondly, the poems are by tradition aristocratic; they are the literature of chieftains, alien to low popular superstition.
"Five Stages of Greek Religion" by Gilbert Murray
Pasini says it is certainly of Egyptian manufacture, in proof of which both the character of the ornaments and tradition are invoked.
"The Shores of the Adriatic" by F. Hamilton Jackson
There is no land so full of traditional superstition as Jutland.
"A Danish Parsonage" by John Fulford Vicary
It is a specimen of composition handed down by tradition, but not a tradition itself.
"The Ethnology of the British Islands" by Robert Gordon Latham

In poetry:

So, I ask the wives of Lodi
For traditions of that day;
But alas! not anybody
Seems to know of such a fray.
"The Bridge Of Lodi" by Thomas Hardy
The old traditions of his State,
The memories of her great and good,
Took from his life a fresher date,
And in himself embodied stood.
"Sumner" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Assurance clear to those who fret
O'er vanished Faith and feelings fled,
That not in English homes is yet
Tradition dumb, or Reverence dead:
"A Christmas Carol" by Alfred Austin
O vain traditions! small the aid
We women gather from your lore:
Why, when the world was lost, did death
Not come our children's birth before?
"To Mrs.----" by Frances Fuller Victor
And lives wrapped in tradition's mist
These honored halls to-day are haunting,
And lips by lips long withered kissed
The sagas of the past are chanting.
"Centennial" by John Hay
Hoists Reason's sail, and for the haze
Of ocean quits Tradition's shore,
Awhile he comes, and kneels, and prays,
Then comes and kneels, but prays no more;
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin

In news:

Traditional Thanksgiving dinner will cost less this year.
Muslims traditionally break their Ramadan fasts on dates.
London Olympics champion Usain Bolt does a traditional challenge dance during the Breakers' basketball team event at their training facility at Mairangi Bay in Auckland , New Zealand, Monday, Oct 8, 2012.
Rita Braver toasts a cherished tradition.
With the value of a bachelor's degree in doubt, paths around the traditional college degree are multiplying: Turner Jankins chose culinary school over other options.
And who am I, of all people, to argue with tradition.
But the traditional backboard often caused EMT's to injure their backs.
The strings of tradition and progress echoed from the back alley.
When Seven Nations started in 1993, few bands merged traditional components of Scottish and Irish music -- including bagpipes and fiddle -- with the full-throttle kick and ferocious onstage energy of a rock band.
At Sa Bai , fresh, traditional Thai favorites are served in a tranquil setting.
There is magic in buying traditional cookies, cakes and pastries for holidays.
I ran across this recipe as I was searching for something traditional for "National Biscuit Month".
Learn how Spanish culture, traditions and history influenced his work.
Maybe its because we know that, traditionally speaking, good teams know how to win the close ones.
Irish balladeer Ed Saultz performs a program of traditional and contemporary Irish music at the Dimmick Library Annex on Sat.

In science:

An interesting class of problems to compare with is the one which traditionally is developed in CLP.
Following the tradition, we also use a(n) for a ⊗ tn .
Generalized vertex algebras generated by parafermion-like vertex operators
These systematic features have been traditionally interpreted in terms of specific components of the nuclear interaction.
Spectroscopy with random and displaced random ensembles
There are traditionally two parts to the Clifford correspondence.
Clifford correspondence for algebras
In the traditional gauge treatment of gravity, Lorentz group is localized, and the gravitational field is not represented by gauge potential[19, 20, 21].
Gauge Theory of Gravity