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traditional Syllabification: tra·di·tion·al
Pronunciation: /trəˈdiSH(ə)n(ə)l/

Definition of traditional in English:


1Existing in or as part of a tradition; long-established: the traditional festivities of the church year
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  • The Spanish Pyrenees with their imposing peaks and delightful valleys are rich in traditional values and folklore.
  • The new service would not replace the more traditional existing service which would continue to be held on Sundays, he stressed.
  • Always commanding only a tiny military force of Europeans, he depended on negotiations with and use of existing traditional power structures.
long-established, customary, time-honored, established, classic, accustomed, standard, regular, normal, conventional, usual, orthodox, habitual, set, fixed, routine, ritual;
old, age-old, ancestral
handed-down, folk, unwritten, oral
1.1Produced, done, or used in accordance with tradition: a traditional fish soup
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  • It is a long way from his other business interests, which include a chain of traditional fish and chip shops, catering contracts and event organisation.
  • For many, a visit to Whitby would not be the same without sitting down at one of the check-clothed tables to sample a traditional meal of fish and chips.
  • Thai-style baked salmon accompanied by fragrant papaya salad is followed by a mouthwatering traditional Nonya Ikan fish curry.
1.2Habitually done, used, or found: the traditional drinks in the clubhouse
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  • Now pubs stock a wide range of soft drinks varying from the traditional fizzy drinks to exotic fruit juices like cranberry, mango and passion-fruit.
  • Major attractions of the mela were the traditional drinks like khus, gulab and badam sherbet, milk shakes and thandai.
  • Easter is a traditional time for eating fish and in our part of the country it seems to be the crossover time from the summer to winter species.
1.3(Of a person or group) adhering to tradition, or to a particular tradition: traditional Elgarians
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  • This traditional group of people no longer seems to provoke the interest of the Bulgarian people.
  • The traditional teacher has a careful belief that it is better to start with what is easier and work towards what is more difficult.
  • Superficially these seem disconnected and doubtless traditional politicians and focus groups are puzzling over the underlying trends.
1.4(Of jazz) in the style of the early 20th century.
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  • As he has matured he has become more drawn towards traditional jazz and the way in which young New Orleanians have used it.
  • Jazz fans throughout the world are aware of the very significant role he has played in the traditional jazz scene.
  • The group seem to be moving further away from traditional jazz solos into a more integrated instrumental sound.


Pronunciation: /trəˈdiSHənlē/ /trəˈdiSHnəlē/
Example sentences
  • Scots were traditionally among the most historically conscious people on earth.
  • This, at least, is how medical historians traditionally understand these events.
  • Italy traditionally has had some of the highest voting figures in general elections in Europe.
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