Definition of trad in US English:



  • (especially of music) traditional.

    ‘trad jazz’
    • ‘We also look back at a riot between trad jazz fans and their modernist rivals at a festival in 1960, and travel to Mali in pursuit of the country's hunter-musicians.’
    • ‘The arts, from trad jazz to modern dance, take many forms.’
    • ‘I was a huge Simple Minds fan as a teenager - I loved their trad rock years at first.’
    • ‘As individuals they have been playing music in various settings for years and so, given the nature of trad music and ballads, obviously don't require very much by way of formal rehearsals.’
    • ‘Entering a national contest to find the next Billie Holiday, she came second, but there was little work, other than singing for beer money with trad bands.’
    • ‘The music has a punk derived bass sound and extra sax part in addition to the trad band set up.’
    • ‘‘It was always a dream of ours to have some place in Sligo that was dedicated to music and particularly trad music,’ says Cathy.’
    • ‘Though his mix of hip-hop, trad jazz, and club techno sounds intriguing on paper, he rarely manages to come up with anything compelling out of the mix.’
    • ‘As I see it, in Occitan trad music we can catch fleeting glimpses of extreme melodies, and the power of song demonstrated in this music carries a far greater weight than in other musics.’
    • ‘The 13th edition of this trad music festival presents a ‘Harmonica Summit’ this year, featuring virtuosos on the tin sandwich from all over.’
    • ‘There are still some of the old tried-and-true trad bands.’
    • ‘There will be everything from karaoke sessions to trad music to a storming rock band from Donegal.’
    • ‘Beards belong in trad jazz bands, real ale pubs and anywhere with anoraks.’
    • ‘American rock and soul music and its instrumentation and stylistic tenets found purchase in trad Cambodian music in the wake of the Vietnam War.’
    • ‘Both bands offered enigmatic singles and an epochal debut followed by an almost trad sophomore classic and a schizo follow-up.’
    • ‘If that's not your thing, there's country music, trad sessions, acoustic open mic and many other events over the weekend.’
    • ‘Traditional jazz, or trad jazz, was the pop music of the day and any kind of delinquent behaviour was usually reported as the work of ‘jazz fans’.’
    • ‘He was keen on the theatre, classical music, and trad jazz, but, apart from his delightful family, his greatest love was his work.’
    • ‘To force myself to continue, I needed inspiration and turned to trad jazz, then having a popular upsurge, where the trumpet was a lead instrument.’
    • ‘They meet up in Torino without much of a plan and immerse themselves in the studio with trad rock instruments plus a bunch of theremins and glockenspiels.’


  • Traditional jazz or folk music.

    • ‘There's just magic, and that runs through everything from Vodou to the Northern trad to whatever it is that floats your boat and clicks with you personally.’
    • ‘You don't have to know much about Irish trad to enjoy this album.’
    • ‘It's their unique mix of personalities that set them apart with musical backgrounds as diverse as trad, rock, world & classical.’
    • ‘When the band was first formed, the idea of fusing rhythm based music from Africa and beyond with melodious trad from Ireland seemed like a curious and exciting experiment.’
    • ‘Apart from the generic excellence described above, this CD's join-free, eclectic mixture of Irish trad and dub reggae seemed to be a neat mixture of your past and present.’
    • ‘The club will run throughout the seven days of the festival and kicks off with ballads and trad on Friday night with local group Tinteán.’
    • ‘The band played impressive versions of numbers from just about every musical sphere including soul, reggae, trad and rock.’
    • ‘Friday's session is sure to raise the roof and promises to be a rousing foot tapping treat for all lovers of trad.’
    • ‘Fairly bog-standard trad, at that - but harmless enough.’
    • ‘A bunch of Brits in this effervescent reissue of the trumpeter's journeys from trad to mainstream.’
    • ‘It was so small it was claustrophobic, but it went on to become the place to go if you wanted to hear trad or folk.’
    • ‘There is a definite Irish feeling to their sound, which draws on the kings of Irish rock and progressive trad, as well as more modern influences.’
    • ‘Hailed by many as one of the finest songwriters ever to emerge from Ireland, he draws from many influences including folk, trad, rock, country and blues.’
    • ‘Jazz - from 1920s New Orleans trad to swing to modernist interpretations - is finding a home in Australian churches.’
    • ‘You better get practicing on your trad, not so much physically, but mentally.’
    • ‘None I've ever heard of - and given that it's the standard cornerstone of beginner practice in the western trad, I suspect that means it's about as safe as such things can be, really.’
    • ‘Songs must be written in the musical style of folk, ballad, Irish trad, or easy country music, but not contemporary music, while the maximum duration per song is four minutes.’
    • ‘This policy continues this year with a wide variety of local acts covering ballads, folk, trad, country and rock.’
    • ‘It's oddly patriarchal, old-fashioned, and trad.’
    • ‘The seven-piece band specialises in traditional reels, jigs and horn-pipes and includes a double bass and drums, quite a departure from the regular image of Irish trad.’


1950s: abbreviation.