1 [uncountable and countable]a belief, custom, or way of doing something that has existed for a long time, or these beliefs, customs etc in generalCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS long tradition strong tradition ancient/old tradition tradition that by tradition/according to tradition follow a tradition (=do what people have usually done according to a tradition) break with tradition (=not follow the usual tradition) a family tradition (=something that people in a family usually do) be steeped in tradition (=have many traditions) cultural/religious tradition maintain/carry on the tradition (=make a tradition continue ) it is the tradition (for somebody) to do something
to have the same features as something that has been made or done in the past:
His paintings are very much in the tradition of Picasso and Matisse.
WORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE: habit, custom, tradition, practiceA habit is something that you do often, because you have done it many times before.Do not use habit when you are talking about actions or ways of doing things that have existed among a group of people for a very long time. Use tradition or custom. Use tradition when the thing you are referring to has existed for many years, especially when it has been passed down from parents to children• It is a tradition in his family for all first-born males to be called Peter.Use custom to refer to something that is considered normal or polite, especially when you are talking about other countries or other times• the Japanese custom of taking off your shoes when you enter someone's houseUse practice to talk about the usual way of doing something in a particular area of life• the practice of killing animals for their fur ➔ See alsohabit
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.