Noun > Tradition

Noun – Tradition

1 : a way of thinking, behaving, or doing something that has been used by the people in a particular group, family, society, etc., for a long time


cultural traditions

an ancient/old tradition

One of our town’s time-honored traditions is to have an Easter egg hunt the week before Easter.


The cheese is made according to tradition. (=made in a way that has been used for many years; made in the traditional way)

We broke with tradition and had goose for Thanksgiving instead of turkey.

By tradition, the celebration begins at midnight.

2 (noncount) : the stories, beliefs, etc., that have been part of the culture of a group of people for a long time

According to tradition, the goddess lies sleeping beneath the mountain.

He studied the Anglo-Saxon oral tradition. (=the stories, beliefs, etc., that a group of people shared by telling stories and talking to each other)

3 (singular) — used to say that someone has qualities which are like the qualities of another well-known person or group of people from the past

He’s a politician in the best liberal tradition. (=a politician like other liberal politicians of the past)

a politician in the (great/grand) tradition of Franklin Delano Roosevelt