Definition of “traditional” - English Dictionary

“traditional” in British English

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uk /trəˈdɪʃ.ən.əl/ us /trəˈdɪʃ.ən.əl/

B1 following or belonging to the customs or ways of behaving that have continued in a group of people or society for a long time without changing:

The school uses a combination of modern and traditional methods for teaching reading.
The dancers were wearing traditional Hungarian dress/costume.
She's very traditional (in her ideas and opinions).

More examples

  • Recently there has been some movement away from traditional methods of teaching.
  • In Britain, the traditional Sunday lunch consists of roast meat, potatoes and other vegetables.
  • In some countries it is traditional for a bride to wear white.
  • Here it's traditional that you haggle over the price of things in the market.
  • I'm a great lover of traditional Irish music.

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

“traditional” in American English

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us /trəˈdɪʃ·ən·əl/

following or belonging to the ways of behaving or beliefs that have been established for a long time:

the traditional two-parent family
traditional Southern cooking
the traditional politeness of Japanese culture
adverb us /trəˈdɪʃ·ən·əl·i/

The Democratic Party won a seat in the Senate that has traditionally been held by a Republican.

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