Definition of traditional in US English:

traditional

adjective

  • 1Existing in or as part of a tradition; long-established.

    ‘the traditional festivities of the Church year’
    • ‘Vision and hearing are the aesthetic senses proper, according to traditional theory.’
    • ‘As the other guys sat back with their beers whilst I had that traditional English drink.’
    • ‘But that doesn't mean existing and traditional programming should be disregarded.’
    • ‘Swinging on the cot the womenfolk and children used to sing traditional folk songs and enjoy the rides.’
    • ‘Steeped in the traditional values and rural culture of the West of Ireland, they were happy and content away from the hustle and bustle of city life.’
    • ‘There are also schools, a traditional market and a fish market nearby.’
    • ‘His Welsh genes allow him to have a totally different view on life although he hasn't lost any of the traditional Welsh values, including a fondness for sheep.’
    • ‘It is more contemporary now, but they began with their existing traditional service.’
    • ‘In the African traditional context, children belonged to the whole society.’
    • ‘I'm beginning to feel sorry for the poor sincere red state schmucks who believe in all this traditional values stuff.’
    • ‘One of the real ‘old stock’, she was devoted to her faith and traditional ways and values.’
    • ‘The Easter Bunny was let out for a seasonal hop as traditional values continue to decline under this most materialistic of governments.’
    • ‘Some of these men are looking for wives with traditional values, and some of these women are looking for husbands with economic security.’
    • ‘They want to rediscover traditional pleasures such as fish and chips, Scrabble and bracing walks in the fresh - and chilly - air.’
    • ‘The Gurkha emphasis on traditional British military values is legendary.’
    • ‘The long-established, traditional view is that they are distinct.’
    • ‘Will the campaign then seek to campaign on, say, abortion, divorce, capital punishment, and other traditional family values?’
    • ‘In this context, religion belongs to traditional society, and so the term new religion can be perceived as a contradiction in terms.’
    • ‘The Spanish Pyrenees with their imposing peaks and delightful valleys are rich in traditional values and folklore.’
    • ‘Ninety-nine times out of a hundred, they discover that the existing, traditional way is the best.’
    • ‘Always commanding only a tiny military force of Europeans, he depended on negotiations with and use of existing traditional power structures.’
    • ‘The new service would not replace the more traditional existing service which would continue to be held on Sundays, he stressed.’
    handed-down, folk, historical, unwritten, oral
    conventional, customary, established, long-established, accepted, orthodox, standard, regular, normal, conservative
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    1. 1.1 Produced, done, or used in accordance with tradition.
      ‘a traditional fish soup’
      • ‘Mention you'd like omakase or you'd like to try some traditional fish or Japanese dishes.’
      • ‘We also tried two traditional drinks: Indian tea made from a wild-harvested herb, and atole.’
      • ‘It is, however, a cause for concern that Keralites are moving away from their traditional diet of fish towards meat, he says.’
      • ‘For many, a visit to Whitby would not be the same without sitting down at one of the check-clothed tables to sample a traditional meal of fish and chips.’
      • ‘It is a traditional drink of infants, invalids, and tennis players at Wimbledon.’
      • ‘But the restaurant also serves traditional hot and sour soup for Asian guests.’
      • ‘He sieves the pulp to get rid of the skin and drinks it in a traditional wooden cuia bowl. ‘Assai is very nutritious,’ he says.’
      • ‘Kava, made from the root of the pepper plant, is a traditional ceremonial drink.’
      • ‘A traditional drink is served with the meal: milk mixed with mint and carbonated water.’
      • ‘Thai-style baked salmon accompanied by fragrant papaya salad is followed by a mouthwatering traditional Nonya Ikan fish curry.’
      • ‘Port is a traditional drink to finish a good meal.’
      • ‘It's the roots that are used to make the traditional kava drink consumed by Pacific Islanders.’
      • ‘We are here to take part in one of Fiji's most ancient and traditional ceremonies - drinking kava with the chief.’
      • ‘There is parking and you can buy a drink, even a traditional Thai meal from one of the open restaurants.’
      • ‘The beverage is a traditional drink of Xhosa speaking people.’
      • ‘After the stirrup cup traditional drink the hunt moved off for Ballymullen.’
      • ‘It is a long way from his other business interests, which include a chain of traditional fish and chip shops, catering contracts and event organisation.’
    2. 1.2 Habitually done, used, or found.
      ‘the traditional drinks in the clubhouse’
      • ‘They had just finished their traditional Christmas Eve fish pie, apparently with a bottle of wine.’
      • ‘We had the traditional kids' party, children's party at the White House.’
      • ‘Fortunately stumping up for two lots of traditional 19th hole drinks rounds didn't put too big a dent in the Barton household budget.’
      • ‘Major attractions of the mela were the traditional drinks like khus, gulab and badam sherbet, milk shakes and thandai.’
      • ‘Now pubs stock a wide range of soft drinks varying from the traditional fizzy drinks to exotic fruit juices like cranberry, mango and passion-fruit.’
      • ‘Easter is a traditional time for eating fish and in our part of the country it seems to be the crossover time from the summer to winter species.’
      conventional, customary, established, long-established, accepted, orthodox, standard, regular, normal, conservative
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    3. 1.3 (of a person or group) adhering to tradition, or to a particular tradition.
      ‘traditional Elgarians’
      • ‘Critics of the bill have raised fears that the traditional leaders will take the land from the people and sell it to developers.’
      • ‘Superficially these seem disconnected and doubtless traditional politicians and focus groups are puzzling over the underlying trends.’
      • ‘While America was finishing up its summer of love in 1968, she was born into a very traditional family in the tiny village of Citta di Castello in Umbria.’
      • ‘The conservative alliance goes beyond clerics and traditional leaders.’
      • ‘The traditional teacher has a careful belief that it is better to start with what is easier and work towards what is more difficult.’
      • ‘The story would now be the empowerment of traditional owners looking after their country with the support of an enlightened government.’
      • ‘He was one of the last traditional farmers of his time having reached his eighties being born around the time when this country became independent.’
      • ‘The method often seems particularly drastic because it runs against the common idea of the non-action principle of traditional Buddhists.’
      • ‘Blocks, rules, regulations, legalities, traditions and traditional people may come in your path.’
      • ‘Thus, now is the best time for all traditional leaders to start educating their subjects on the importance of storing their crops properly.’
      • ‘This traditional group of people no longer seems to provoke the interest of the Bulgarian people.’
      • ‘I am traditional; a guy paying on the first date would be nice.’
      • ‘That includes many moderate Muslims as well as traditional believers and Christians.’
      • ‘We are not disenfranchising the traditional user.’
      • ‘While traditional brides opt for Here Comes the Bride to herald their arrival at the wedding service, Gail walked down the aisle to Fools Rush In.’
      traditionalist, conventional, orthodox, stable, old-fashioned, dyed-in-the-wool, unchanging, hidebound
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    4. 1.4 (of jazz) in the style of the early 20th century.
      • ‘As the cast and crew mingled with the crowd of eager reporters a traditional jazz quartet kept the festivities going.’
      • ‘Nonetheless, he applauds how Edinburgh and Glasgow have both moved away from traditional jazz in order to encompass wider definitions of the genre.’
      • ‘They combine traditional big band jazz with marabi sounds and confirm the band's excellent reputation built up over the years.’
      • ‘There will be more music in the gardens of All Saints Church in the Market Place with traditional jazz in the parish church gardens.’
      • ‘With 11 musicians playing the best in Dixieland and traditional jazz it should be a night to remember.’
      • ‘In the unpretentious clubs like the Preservation Hall, traditional jazz lives on.’
      • ‘The group seem to be moving further away from traditional jazz solos into a more integrated instrumental sound.’
      • ‘This leads to an extended discussion of improvisation, with particular reference to traditional jazz.’
      • ‘She does not think there is a big difference in her approach to piano with these different styles, yet her preference is for the traditional jazz tune.’
      • ‘They can expect traditional jazz and pop music, played in a traditional jazz vein.’
      • ‘As he has matured he has become more drawn towards traditional jazz and the way in which young New Orleanians have used it.’
      • ‘Most of the members have traditional jazz training, so hearing an extended solo in one of their live shows wouldn't be a shocker.’
      • ‘Both boys had been sent to piano lessons, and Mike had been given a banjo by their father, who had once had a traditional jazz band.’
      • ‘Jazz fans throughout the world are aware of the very significant role he has played in the traditional jazz scene.’
      • ‘He started gigging in Bristol as a teenager, playing traditional jazz and bop.’
      • ‘Lovers of traditional jazz who want to take another step into the music might want to open their ears to this.’
      • ‘Being brought up with traditional jazz and the Edwardian music halls, we added a different approach to American blues.’

Pronunciation

traditional

/trəˈdiSH(ə)n(ə)l//trəˈdɪʃ(ə)n(ə)l/