tradition

Traditions are longstanding customs and practices. It might be a family tradition to open Christmas presents on Christmas Eve, started because your parents were too impatient to wait.

The noun tradition has Latin roots in the word tradere, which means hand over or hand down. So think of a tradition as something that is handed down from one generation to another. Fireworks on the Fourth of July are a national tradition, and playing your school's fight song at the start of the football game is probably a longstanding tradition designed to get the fans excited for the game.

Definitions of tradition
  1. noun
    a specific practice of long standing
    synonyms: custom
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    habit, wont
    an established custom
    Hadith
    (Islam) a tradition based on reports of the sayings and activities of Muhammad and his companions
    institution
    a custom that for a long time has been an important feature of some group or society
    levirate
    the biblical institution whereby a man must marry the widow of his childless brother in order to maintain the brother's line
    type of:
    practice
    knowledge of how something is usually done
  2. noun
    an inherited pattern of thought or action
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    cognitive content, content, mental object
    the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned
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