from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The passing down of elements of a culture from generation to generation, especially by oral communication.
- n. A mode of thought or behavior followed by a people continuously from generation to generation; a custom or usage.
- n. A set of such customs and usages viewed as a coherent body of precedents influencing the present: followed family tradition in dress and manners. See Synonyms at heritage.
- n. A body of unwritten religious precepts.
- n. A time-honored practice or set of such practices.
- n. Law Transfer of property to another.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A part of culture that is passed from person to person or generation to generation, possibly differing in detail from family to family, such as the way to celebrate holidays.
- n. A commonly held system.
- v. To transmit by way of tradition; to hand down.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of delivering into the hands of another; delivery.
- n. The unwritten or oral delivery of information, opinions, doctrines, practices, rites, and customs, from father to son, or from ancestors to posterity; the transmission of any knowledge, opinions, or practice, from forefathers to descendants by oral communication, without written memorials.
- n. Hence, that which is transmitted orally from father to son, or from ancestors to posterity; knowledge or belief transmitted without the aid of written memorials; custom or practice long observed.
- n. An unwritten code of law represented to have been given by God to Moses on Sinai.
- n. That body of doctrine and discipline, or any article thereof, supposed to have been put forth by Christ or his apostles, and not committed to writing.
- transitive v. To transmit by way of tradition; to hand down.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of handing over something in a formal legal manner; the act of delivering into the hands of another; delivery.
- n. The handing down of opinions, doctrines, practices, rites, and customs from ancestors to posterity; the transmission of any opinion or practice from forefathers to descendants or from one generation to another, by oral communication, without written memorials.
- n. A statement, opinion, or belief, or a body of statements or opinions or beliefs, that has been handed down from age to age by oral communication; knowledge or belief transmitted without the aid of written memorials.
- n. In theology, that body of doctrine and discipline supposed to have been revealed or commanded by God, but not committed to writing, and therefore not incorporated in the Scriptures.
- n. In Mohammedanism, the words and deeds of Mohammed (and to some extent of his companions), not contained in the Koran, but handed down for a time orally, and then recorded.
- n. A custom handed down from one age or generation to another and having acquired almost the force of law.
- n. In the fine arts, literature, etc., the accumulated experience, advance, or achievement of the past, as handed down by predecessors or derived immediately from them by artists, schools, or writers.
- To transmit as a tradition.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a specific practice of long standing
- n. an inherited pattern of thought or action
Middle English tradicion, from Old French, from Latin trāditiō, trāditiōn-, from trāditus, past participle of trādere, to hand over, deliver, entrust : trā-, trāns-, trans- + dare, to give; see dō- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin trāditiō, from the verb trādere. (Wiktionary)