Meaning of TRADITION in English



Pronunciation: tr ə - ' di-sh ə n

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English tradicioun, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French tradicion, from Latin tradition-, traditio action of handing over, tradition ― more at TREASON

Date: 14th century

1 a : an inherited, established, or customary pattern of thought, action, or behavior (as a religious practice or a social custom) b : a belief or story or a body of beliefs or stories relating to the past that are commonly accepted as historical though not verifiable

2 : the handing down of information, beliefs, and customs by word of mouth or by example from one generation to another without written instruction

3 : cultural continuity in social attitudes, customs, and institutions

4 : characteristic manner, method, or style <in the best liberal tradition >

– tra · di · tion · al \ - ' dish-n ə l, - ' di-sh ə -n ə l \ adjective

– tra · di · tion · al · ly adverb

– tra · di · tion · less \ - ' di-sh ə n-l ə s \ adjective

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.