1A person who accepts, adheres to, or maintains the authority of, tradition; a traditionalist. rare after 17th century.
In early use often with reference to religion.
2 rare A person who records, perpetuates, or gives currency to a tradition; a reporter or relater of traditions; = "traditionist".
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in William Turner (d. 1568), naturalist and religious controversialist. From tradition + -er.