Definition of traditional in English:


Line breaks: trad|ition¦al
Pronunciation: /trəˈdɪʃ(ə)n(ə)l


  • 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.
    conventional, customary, established, long-established, accepted, orthodox, standard, regular, normal, conservative; common, run-of-the-mill, habitual, set, fixed, routine, usual, accustomed; old-fashioned, staid, unadventurous, conformist, stereotyped, clichéd, undistinguished, wonted; old, time-honoured, proven, tried and tested, historic, classical, classic, old-world, folk, familial, ancestral; ritual, ritualistic, ceremonialhanded-down, folk, historical, 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.



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  • 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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