Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or in accord with tradition: a traditional wedding ceremony.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to tradition; derived from tradition; communicated from ancestors to descendants by word only; transmitted from age to age without writing; as, traditional opinions; traditional customs; traditional expositions of the Scriptures.
  • adj. Observant of tradition; attached to old customs; old-fashioned.
  • adj. In lieu of the name of the composer of a piece of music, whose real name is lost in the mists of time.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to tradition; derived from tradition; communicated from ancestors to descendants by word only; transmitted from age to age without writing
  • adj. Observant of tradition; attached to old customs; old-fashioned.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of, pertaining to, or derived from tradition; communicated from ancestors to descendants by word of mouth only; transmitted from age to age without writing; founded on reports not having the authenticity or value of historical evidence; consisting of traditions.
  • Observant of tradition, in any sense; regulated by accepted models or traditions, irrespective of independently deduced principles; conventional.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. pertaining to time-honored orthodox doctrines
  • adj. consisting of or derived from tradition

Etymologies

tradition +‎ -al (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The term traditional diet once meant a plain, none-too-varied regional diet that was the standard fare of farmers and laborers.

    Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy

  • A common position on what we call traditional shamanism -- ancient and indigenous tribes with exclusive cultural rituals and cosmology -- is that it is a religion.

    Kelley Harrell: Shamanism: Religion or Neurology?

  • We are the social workers, psychiatrists, workers at homeless shelters and rape crisis centers -- and still some people and groups blame us for the breakup of what they call the "traditional American family."

    Warren J. Blumenfeld: The 'Art' and Rhetoric of Stereotyping and Scapegoating LGBT People

  • In a written statement, the group drew a distinction between Wall Street and what it called traditional forms of capitalism.

    Romney Lashes Back on Bain

  • He said China and Sudan have what he described as a traditional friendship, and have maintained frequent mutual visits, especially in recent years.

    Sudanese President, Wanted for War Crimes, Plans China Visit

  • Every year, the National Council of Negro Women puts on the black family reunion celebration and the event focuses on what you call traditional values of the African-American family.

    Thank You, Dorothy Height

  • Chris Jones, long time theater critic at the Chicago Tribune, thinks Arena Stage is straddling the line between the radical moves, like actually paying people to hang around and write plays, and what he calls the traditional ideas of regional theater pioneers.

    Local Stage Hopes New Digs Will Spotlight Theater

  • But around 1970 much of this began to change and the Republicans emerged as the self-professed upholders of what we call traditional morality, while the Democrats more or less embraced the feminist critique of sex and the family.

    Archive 2009-01-01

  • CHETRY: Right now, the White House and White House officials are making great efforts to have President Obama bypass what they called the traditional media and speak directly to the American people.

    CNN Transcript Mar 27, 2009

  • And right now, White House officials are making great efforts to have President Obama bypass what they call the traditional media and speak directly to the American people.

    CNN Transcript Mar 27, 2009

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