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tra·di·tion·al / trəˈdishənl/ • adj. existing in or as part of a tradition; long-established: the traditional festivities of the church year. ∎  produced, done, or used in accordance with tradition: a traditional fish soup. ∎  habitually done, used, or found: the traditional drinks in the clubhouse. ∎  (of a person or group) adhering to tradition, or to a particular tradition: traditional Elgarians. ∎  (of jazz) in the style of the early 20th century.DERIVATIVES: tra·di·tion·al·ly adv.