[ truh-dish-uh-nl ]
/ trəˈdɪʃ ə nl /


of or relating to tradition.
handed down by tradition.
in accordance with tradition.
of, relating to, or characteristic of the older styles of jazz, especially New Orleans style, Chicago style, Kansas City style, and Dixieland. Compare mainstream(def 5).
Also tra·di·tion·ar·y [truh-dish-uh-ner-ee] /trəˈdɪʃ əˌnɛr i/ (for defs 1–3).

Origin of traditional

From the Medieval Latin word trāditiōnālis, dating back to 1585–95. See tradition, -al1

SYNONYMS FOR traditional

1, 2 conventional, customary, established.

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British Dictionary definitions for traditional

/ (trəˈdɪʃənəl) /


of, relating to, or being a tradition
of or relating to the style of jazz originating in New Orleans, characterized by collective improvisation by a front line of trumpet, trombone, and clarinet accompanied by various rhythm instruments

Derived forms of traditional

traditionality (trəˌdɪʃəˈnælɪtɪ), noun traditionally, adverb