Meaning of traditional in English:



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

    ‘the traditional festivities of the Church year’
    • ‘The Spanish Pyrenees with their imposing peaks and delightful valleys are rich in traditional values and folklore.’
    • ‘The new service would not replace the more traditional existing service which would continue to be held on Sundays, he stressed.’
    • ‘Always commanding only a tiny military force of Europeans, he depended on negotiations with and use of existing traditional power structures.’
    • ‘But that doesn't mean existing and traditional programming should be disregarded.’
    • ‘The long-established, traditional view is that they are distinct.’
    • ‘It is more contemporary now, but they began with their existing traditional service.’
    • ‘Ninety-nine times out of a hundred, they discover that the existing, traditional way is the best.’
    • ‘The Gurkha emphasis on traditional British military values is legendary.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'm beginning to feel sorry for the poor sincere red state schmucks who believe in all this traditional values stuff.’
    • ‘The Easter Bunny was let out for a seasonal hop as traditional values continue to decline under this most materialistic of governments.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some of these men are looking for wives with traditional values, and some of these women are looking for husbands with economic security.’
    • ‘Will the campaign then seek to campaign on, say, abortion, divorce, capital punishment, and other traditional family values?’
    • ‘One of the real ‘old stock’, she was devoted to her faith and traditional ways and values.’
    • ‘In this context, religion belongs to traditional society, and so the term new religion can be perceived as a contradiction in terms.’
    • ‘In the African traditional context, children belonged to the whole society.’
    • ‘Vision and hearing are the aesthetic senses proper, according to traditional theory.’
    • ‘They want to rediscover traditional pleasures such as fish and chips, Scrabble and bracing walks in the fresh - and chilly - air.’
    • ‘There are also schools, a traditional market and a fish market nearby.’
    • ‘As the other guys sat back with their beers whilst I had that traditional English drink.’
    • ‘Swinging on the cot the womenfolk and children used to sing traditional folk songs and enjoy the rides.’
    handed-down, folk, historical, unwritten, oral
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    1. 1.1Produced, done, or used in accordance with tradition.
      ‘a traditional fish soup’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Thai-style baked salmon accompanied by fragrant papaya salad is followed by a mouthwatering traditional Nonya Ikan fish curry.’
      • ‘It is, however, a cause for concern that Keralites are moving away from their traditional diet of fish towards meat, he says.’
      • ‘Mention you'd like omakase or you'd like to try some traditional fish or Japanese dishes.’
      • ‘But the restaurant also serves traditional hot and sour soup for Asian guests.’
      • ‘Port is a traditional drink to finish a good meal.’
      • ‘The beverage is a traditional drink of Xhosa speaking people.’
      • ‘It is a traditional drink of infants, invalids, and tennis players at Wimbledon.’
      • ‘Kava, made from the root of the pepper plant, is a traditional ceremonial drink.’
      • ‘There is parking and you can buy a drink, even a traditional Thai meal from one of the open restaurants.’
      • ‘It's the roots that are used to make the traditional kava drink consumed by Pacific Islanders.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We also tried two traditional drinks: Indian tea made from a wild-harvested herb, and atole.’
      • ‘A traditional drink is served with the meal: milk mixed with mint and carbonated water.’
      • ‘After the stirrup cup traditional drink the hunt moved off for Ballymullen.’
      • ‘We are here to take part in one of Fiji's most ancient and traditional ceremonies - drinking kava with the chief.’
    2. 1.2Habitually done, used, or found.
      ‘the traditional drinks in the clubhouse’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Major attractions of the mela were the traditional drinks like khus, gulab and badam sherbet, milk shakes and thandai.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Fortunately stumping up for two lots of traditional 19th hole drinks rounds didn't put too big a dent in the Barton household budget.’
      • ‘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.’
      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’
      • ‘This traditional group of people no longer seems to provoke the interest of the Bulgarian people.’
      • ‘The traditional teacher has a careful belief that it is better to start with what is easier and work towards what is more difficult.’
      • ‘Superficially these seem disconnected and doubtless traditional politicians and focus groups are puzzling over the underlying trends.’
      • ‘Blocks, rules, regulations, legalities, traditions and traditional people may come in your path.’
      • ‘The conservative alliance goes beyond clerics and traditional leaders.’
      • ‘Critics of the bill have raised fears that the traditional leaders will take the land from the people and sell it to developers.’
      • ‘That includes many moderate Muslims as well as traditional believers and Christians.’
      • ‘I am traditional; a guy paying on the first date would be nice.’
      • ‘Thus, now is the best time for all traditional leaders to start educating their subjects on the importance of storing their crops properly.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We are not disenfranchising the traditional user.’
      • ‘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 method often seems particularly drastic because it runs against the common idea of the non-action principle of traditional Buddhists.’
      traditionalist, traditional, 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 he has matured he has become more drawn towards traditional jazz and the way in which young New Orleanians have used it.’
      • ‘Jazz fans throughout the world are aware of the very significant role he has played in the traditional jazz scene.’
      • ‘The group seem to be moving further away from traditional jazz solos into a more integrated instrumental sound.’
      • ‘With 11 musicians playing the best in Dixieland and traditional jazz it should be a night to remember.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This leads to an extended discussion of improvisation, with particular reference to traditional jazz.’
      • ‘They can expect traditional jazz and pop music, played in a traditional jazz vein.’
      • ‘Being brought up with traditional jazz and the Edwardian music halls, we added a different approach to American blues.’
      • ‘Lovers of traditional jazz who want to take another step into the music might want to open their ears to this.’
      • ‘He started gigging in Bristol as a teenager, playing traditional jazz and bop.’
      • ‘Most of the members have traditional jazz training, so hearing an extended solo in one of their live shows wouldn't be a shocker.’
      • ‘There will be more music in the gardens of All Saints Church in the Market Place with traditional jazz in the parish church gardens.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In the unpretentious clubs like the Preservation Hall, traditional jazz lives on.’
      • ‘Nonetheless, he applauds how Edinburgh and Glasgow have both moved away from traditional jazz in order to encompass wider definitions of the genre.’
      • ‘As the cast and crew mingled with the crowd of eager reporters a traditional jazz quartet kept the festivities going.’
      • ‘They combine traditional big band jazz with marabi sounds and confirm the band's excellent reputation built up over the years.’