tradition Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of “tradition” in the English Dictionary

"tradition" in British English

See all translations

traditionnoun [C or U]

uk   us   /trəˈdɪʃ.ən/
B2 a ​belief, ​principle, or way of ​acting that ​people in a ​particularsociety or ​group have ​continued to ​follow for a ​longtime, or all of these ​beliefs, etc. in a ​particularsociety or ​group: Fireworks have ​long been an American tradition on the Fourth of ​July. Switzerland has a long tradition ofneutrality. [+ that] There's a tradition inouroffice 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 ​headlessghostwalks through the ​corridors of the ​house at ​night.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

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

"tradition" in American English

See all translations

traditionnoun [C/U]

 us   /trəˈdɪʃ·ən/
a way of ​behaving or a ​belief that has been ​established for a ​longtime, or the ​practice of ​followingbehavior and ​beliefs that have been so ​established: [C] It is a ​western tradition for ​brides to ​wearwhite. [U] The Dinka ​people are cattle-farmers by tradition.
(Definition of tradition from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “tradition”
in Korean 전통…
in Arabic تَقْليد…
in Malaysian tradisi…
in French tradition…
in Russian традиция…
in Chinese (Traditional) 傳統…
in Italian tradizione…
in Turkish gelenek, görenek, anane…
in Polish tradycja…
in Spanish tradición…
in Vietnamese truyền thống, phong tục, tập quán…
in Portuguese tradição…
in Thai ประเพณี, สิ่งที่ทำสืบต่อกันมา…
in German die Tradition…
in Catalan tradició…
in Japanese 伝統, 慣習…
in Chinese (Simplified) 传统…
in Indonesian tradisi, adat istiadat…
What is the pronunciation of tradition?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

procession

a line of people who are all walking or travelling in the same direction, especially in a formal way as part of a religious ceremony or public celebration

Word of the Day

I used to work hard/I’m used to working hard (Phrases with ‘used to’)
I used to work hard/I’m used to working hard (Phrases with ‘used to’)
by Kate Woodford,
February 10, 2016
On this blog, we like to look at words and phrases in the English language that learners often have difficulty with. Two phrases that can be confused are ‘used to do something’ and ‘be used to something/doing something’. People often use one phrase when they mean the other, or they use the wrong

Read More 

farecasting noun
farecasting noun
February 08, 2016
predicting the optimum date to buy a plane ticket, especially on a website or using an app A handful of new and updated websites and apps are trying to perfect the art of what’s known as farecasting – predicting the best date to buy a ticket.

Read More