Meaning of TRADITION in English


■ noun

1》 the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation, or the fact of being passed on in this way.

↘a long-established custom or belief passed on from one generation to another.

2》 an artistic or literary method or style established by an artist, writer, or movement, and subsequently followed by others.

3》 (in Christianity) doctrine not explicit in the Bible but held to derive from the oral teaching of Christ and the Apostles.

↘(in Judaism) an ordinance of the oral law not in the Torah but held to have been given by God to Moses.

↘(in Islam) a saying or act ascribed to the Prophet but not recorded in the Koran. See Hadith .


~ary adjective

~ist noun

~less adjective


ME: from OFr. tradicion , or from L. traditio(n-) , from tradere 'deliver, betray', from trans- 'across' + dare 'give'.

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