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traditional definition


This page has 9 definitions of traditional in English. Traditional is an adjective and noun. Examples of how to use traditional in a sentence are shown. Also define these 10 related words and terms: in lieu of, composer, music, traditional Chinese, simplified, person, traditional art, digital, traditional grip, and matched.



tradition +‎ -al


  • IPA(key): /tɹəˈdɪʃənəl/, /tɹəˈdɪʃnəl/


traditional (comparative more traditional, superlative most traditional)

  1. Of, relating to, or derived from tradition.
    This dance is one of the traditional customs in the area.
    I think her traditional values are antiquated.
  2. Communicated from ancestors to descendants by word only.
    traditional expositions of the Scriptures.
  3. Observant of tradition; attached to old customs; old-fashioned.
  4. In lieu of the name of the composer of a piece of music, whose real name is lost in the mists of time.
  5. Relating to traditional Chinese.
    Coordinate term: simplified
    The traditional form of the character has twice as many strokes as the simplified form.



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traditional (plural traditionals)

  1. A person with traditional beliefs.
  2. (informal, uncountable) Short for traditional Chinese.
    Coordinate term: simplified
  3. (informal, uncountable) Short for traditional art (art produced with real physical media).
    Coordinate term: digital
  4. (informal, uncountable, music) Short for traditional grip.
    Coordinate term: matched
    • Traditional Grip definition
      A method of holding drum sticks in which the right hand uses an overhand grip and the left hand uses an underhand grip.
    • Matched definition
      simple past tense and past participle of match