Learner's definition of TRADITION
1 : a way of thinking, behaving, or doing something that has been used by the people in a particular group, family, society, etc., for a long time
an ancient/old tradition
One of our town's time-honored traditions is to have an Easter egg hunt the week before Easter.
It is their tradition to give thanks before they start eating.
There's an office tradition of wearing casual clothes on Fridays.
Our company has a long tradition [=history] of excellence in our field.
My dad and granddad were both carpenters, and my brother is carrying on the tradition. [=my brother is also a carpenter]
They no longer follow the traditions of their ancestors.
The cheese is made according to tradition. [=made in a way that has been used for many years; made in the traditional way]
We broke with tradition and had goose for Thanksgiving instead of turkey.
By tradition, the celebration begins at midnight.
They no longer follow tradition.
a ceremony steeped in tradition [=having many traditional parts]
2 [noncount] : the stories, beliefs, etc., that have been part of the culture of a group of people for a long time
According to tradition, the goddess lies sleeping beneath the mountain.
He studied the Anglo-Saxon oral tradition. [=the stories, beliefs, etc., that a group of people shared by telling stories and talking to each other]
3 [singular] — used to say that someone has qualities which are like the qualities of another well-known person or group of people from the past