Meaning of TRADITION in English

TRADITION

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1. a tradition

2. all the customs and beliefs of a country or group

3. a special event that is part of a tradition

4. to not do something in the usual or traditional way

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1. a tradition

▷ tradition /trəˈdɪʃ ə n/ [countable noun]

a belief, custom, or way of doing something that has existed for a very long time in a particular country or among a particular group of people :

▪ A lot of the old traditions are dying out.

▪ Every village has its own traditions.

tradition of

▪ The region has a tradition of winemaking which goes back to Roman times.

tradition that

▪ It’s still the tradition here that the eldest son inherits all the family’s money and land.

family tradition

▪ We always go for a long walk on Christmas morning - it’s a family tradition.

▷ traditional /trəˈdɪʃ ə nəl/ [adjective]

belonging to the traditions of a country or group of people - use this about music, food, clothes, customs etc :

▪ A group of children will perform traditional dances.

traditional African/French/English etc

▪ The dancers were wearing traditional African costume.

▪ The restaurant offers a wide range of traditional French food.

it is traditional to do something

▪ In the US it is traditional to dress up in costumes on Halloween.

traditionally [adverb]

▪ a special dish that is traditionally eaten at New Year

▷ custom /ˈkʌstəm/ [countable noun]

a way of behaving that has existed for a long time among a group of people, and is considered normal or polite - use this especially to talk about other countries or other times :

▪ Sadly, a lot of the old customs are now dying out.

custom of

▪ The custom of sending birthday cards began in the 19th century.

it is the custom (for somebody) to do something

▪ It is the custom in Japan to take your shoes off when you go into someone’s house.

▪ In those days it was the custom for farmers to give part of their crop to the lord of the manor.

▷ customary /ˈkʌstəm ə riǁ-meri/ [adjective]

something that is customary is considered normal or polite because it is the way it is usually done by a group of people :

▪ The man at the hotel welcomed us with the customary greeting.

it is customary (for somebody) to do something

▪ It is customary for the man to propose to the woman.

▷ institution /ˌɪnstɪˈtjuːʃ ə n, ˌɪnstəˈtjuːʃ ə nǁ-ˈtuː-/ [countable noun usually singular]

a custom, belief or way of doing something that has become established and accepted as part of normal life among a particular group of people :

▪ Trading in ivory had become an institution in this part of Africa.

institution of

▪ Church leaders are meeting this week to discuss ways of preserving the institution of marriage.

2. all the customs and beliefs of a country or group

▷ tradition /trəˈdɪʃ ə n/ [uncountable noun]

all the beliefs and ways of behaving that have existed for a very long time in a particular country or among a particular group of people :

▪ There is great respect for tradition among the older members of the community.

by tradition

according to a tradition

▪ By tradition, it is the bride’s parents who pay for the wedding.

▷ folklore /ˈfəʊklɔːʳ/ [uncountable noun]

old stories which the people in a country or area have told each other for a very long time, and which often contain historical or religious ideas :

according to folklore

▪ According to folklore, King Arthur will one day return to become King of Britain.

in folklore

▪ In folklore the snake is often a symbol of evil.

▷ heritage /ˈherɪtɪdʒ, ˈherətɪdʒ/ [uncountable noun]

art, literature, and traditions that are considered to belong as a right to all the people in a society, especially because they form an important part of a country’s history :

▪ The town takes great pride in its architectural heritage.

national heritage

▪ These works of art are considered of great importance to Russia’s national heritage.

heritage of

▪ The castle is part of the heritage of Wales and should be preserved for the people of Wales.

▷ culture /ˈkʌltʃəːʳ/ [countable/uncountable noun]

all the customs, beliefs, and practices of a particular society or among a particular group of people :

▪ The trip offers you a unique opportunity to experience the culture of the remote hill tribes of the north.

▪ In what ways do British and Australian culture differ?

3. a special event that is part of a tradition

▷ ceremony /ˈserɪməni, ˈserəməniǁ-məʊni/ [countable noun]

a special formal event which is part of the religious or social tradition of a place, and in which there is a fixed set of words and actions :

wedding/funeral etc ceremony

▪ After the wedding ceremony we went to a reception at the bride’s parents’ house.

hold a ceremony

have a ceremony

▪ A ceremony is held every year to remember those who died in the war.

attend a ceremony

▪ Over 2,000 people attended the official opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.

▷ ceremonial /ˌserɪˈməʊniəl◂, ˌserəˈməʊniəl◂/ [adjective only before noun]

ceremonial clothes, objects, and activities are used in important religious or social ceremonies :

▪ The Queen was in full ceremonial dress for the state opening of Parliament.

▪ His right hand rested on his ceremonial sword.

▪ The full costume is only worn on important ceremonial occasions.

▷ ritual /ˈrɪtʃuəl/ [countable/uncountable noun]

a set of words and actions that are always done in the same way, for example as part of a religious ceremony :

▪ The book examines rituals for childbirth from different parts of the world.

▪ After an elaborate ritual, the boys are formally accepted into the tribe.

perform a ritual

▪ The ritual is performed in order to thank the Sun Goddess for the rice harvest.

▷ rite /raɪt/ [countable noun]

a special action that is done as part of an important religious or social ceremony, especially one that only particular people, for example priests, are allowed to perform :

▪ Buddhist rites

perform a rite

▪ The Batak chieftains perform the traditional initiation rite.

last rites

final prayers and ceremonies for someone who is dying

▪ A priest was called to perform last rites for the dying woman.

funeral rites

▪ The body cannot be buried until the funeral rites have been performed.

4. to not do something in the usual or traditional way

▷ break with tradition/break with the past /ˌbreɪk wɪð trəˈdɪʃ ə n, ˌbreɪk wɪð ðə ˈpɑːstǁ-ˈpæst/ [verb phrase]

to stop doing things the way they have always been done in the past :

▪ The Church has finally broken with tradition and allowed women into the ministry.

▪ I think it’s time to break with the past and rewrite the constitution.

▷ a break with tradition/a break with the past /ə ˌbreɪk wɪð trəˈdɪʃ ə n, ə ˌbreɪk wɪð ðə ˈpɑːstǁ -ˈpæst/ [noun phrase]

when you stop doing things the way they have always been done in the past :

▪ In a significant break with tradition, the Queen will not attend this year’s ceremony.

▪ Political leaders are calling for a break with the past and a new spirit of cooperation.

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