Meaning of “tradition” in the English Dictionary

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"tradition" in British English

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traditionnoun [ C or U ]

uk /trəˈdɪʃ.ən/ us /trəˈdɪʃ.ən/

B2 a belief, principle, or way of acting that people in a particular society or group have continued to follow for a long time, or all of these beliefs, etc. in a particular society or group:

Fireworks have long been an American tradition on the Fourth of July.
Switzerland has a long tradition of neutrality.
[ + that ] There's a tradition in our office that when it's somebody's birthday, they bring in a cake for all of us to share.
We decided to break with tradition (= not behave as usual) this year and go away for Christmas.
According to tradition, a headless ghost walks through the corridors of the house at night.

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  • This college has a long tradition of athletic excellence.
  • In keeping with tradition, they always have turkey on Christmas Day.
  • The old people in the village still observe the local traditions.
  • This tradition dates back to medieval times.
  • Daphne is carrying on the family tradition by becoming a lawyer.

(Definition of “tradition” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"tradition" in American English

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traditionnoun [ C/U ]

us /trəˈdɪʃ·ən/

a way of behaving or a belief that has been established for a long time, or the practice of following behavior and beliefs that have been so established:

[ C ] It is a western tradition for brides to wear white.
[ U ] The Dinka people are cattle-farmers by tradition.

(Definition of “tradition” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)