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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: Latin traditio 'act of handing over'; TRAITOR

tradition

noun
     
tra‧di‧tion S2 W2
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
The university has a long tradition of supporting the arts.
Spain still has a strong tradition of small local shops.
the ancient traditions of South East Asia
the tradition that the eldest son inherits the property
By tradition, it's the bride's parents who pay for the wedding.
Both brothers followed the family tradition and became doctors.
They decided to break with tradition and appoint a Swede as the England manager.
a city steeped in history and tradition
Japan's unique cultural traditions
There is a lot of emphasis on maintaining local traditions.
There was no one left to carry on the tradition.
see usage note habit
2

(be) in the tradition of somebody/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.
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habit, custom, tradition, practice
A 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 house Use practice to talk about the usual way of doing something in a particular area of life the practice of killing animals for their furSee also habit

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