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My family’s Thanksgiving tradition is to gather together and eat turkey.
  a long-established or previously long-established practice or belief


one or more practices, beliefs, or stories passed down through generations within a specific culture or group
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  • My family’s Thanksgiving tradition is to gather together and eat turkey.
  • I want to have a traditional wedding ceremony compete with bridesmaids and a white dress.
  • I stopped wearing my traditional watch once I had an Apple watch.
  • It has been the Christian tradition to practice communion for thousands of years.

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  • The Jewish tradition is not to work on Saturday.
  • My parents converted their traditional Investment Retirement Account to a Roth Investment Retirement Account to minimize future taxes.
  • Many animals had been born to whom the Rebellion was only a dim tradition, passed on by word of mouth, and others had been bought who had never heard mention of such a thing before their arrival.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • The night before, we had the traditional Friday evening meal.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • …the child was asleep, a broadcast programme from London suddenly started to come through; and the next morning, to the astonishment of his crash and crash (the more daring of the boys ventured to grin at one another), Little Reuben woke up repeating word for word a long lecture by that curious old writer ("one of the very few whose works have been permitted to come down to us"), George Bernard Shaw, who was speaking, according to a well-authenticated tradition, about his own genius.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • I, I and I. I. A.E.I.O.U. —Do you mean to fly in the face of the tradition of three centuries?
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses

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  • Look now at the wondrous traditional story of how this island was settled by the red-men.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Nor any traditions of one? no legends or ghost stories?
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • The courtesy of nations allows you my better in that you are the first-born; but the same tradition takes not away my blood, were there twenty brothers betwixt us: I have as much of my father in me as you, albeit; I confess, your coming before me is nearer to his reverence.
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • This horse, according to ancient tradition, was made by Merlin.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • And as for our legal tradition, as you so wittily called it, I thoroughly agree with you.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • At the same time his grasp of things in general soon showed Totski that he now had to deal with a being who was outside the pale of the ordinary rules of traditional behaviour, and who would not only threaten mischief but would undoubtedly carry it out, and stop for no one.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • Sir James might not have originated this estimate; but a kind Providence furnishes the limpest personality with a little gunk or starch in the form of tradition.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • The Houyhnhnms have no letters, and consequently their knowledge is all traditional.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • You may not have seen, but I have seen, how good men brought up in those traditions of unlimited power, in time when they grow more irritable, become cruel and harsh, are conscious of it, but cannot restrain themselves and grow more and more miserable.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Altogether their honeymoon—that is to say, the month after their wedding—from which from tradition Levin expected so much, was not merely not a time of sweetness, but remained in the memories of both as the bitterest and most humiliating period in their lives.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • What are your theology, tuition, society, traditions, statute-books, now?
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • When the gymnasium had been opened he had heard another voice urging him to be strong and manly and healthy and when the movement towards national revival had begun to be felt in the college yet another voice had bidden him be true to his country and help to raise up her language and tradition.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Whether "Tom" is the popular representative of the original plaintiff or defendant in Jarndyce and Jarndyce, or whether Tom lived here when the suit had laid the street waste, all alone, until other settlers came to join him, or whether the traditional title is a comprehensive name for a retreat cut off from honest company and put out of the pale of hope, perhaps nobody knows.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Mr. Jorkins was not by any means the awful creature one might have expected, but a large, mild, smooth-faced man of sixty, who took so much snuff that there was a tradition in the Commons that he lived principally on that stimulant, having little room in his system for any other article of diet.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • He carried on the tradition of his Napoleon, the great Blackwhite, whose memory he evoked at times by legend and mimicry.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • The change at the root of this has been the recent supplanting of the class of stationary cottagers, who carried on the local traditions and humours, by a population of more or less migratory labourers, which has led to a break of continuity in local history, more fatal than any other thing to the preservation of legend, folk-lore, close inter-social relations, and eccentric individualities.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Lastly, she was guardian over a little armoury of cutlasses and carbines, arrayed in vengeful order above one of the official chimney-pieces; and over that respectable tradition never to be separated from a place of business claiming to be wealthy — a row of fire-buckets — vessels calculated to be of no physical utility on any occasion, but observed to exercise a fine moral influence, almost equal to bullion, on most beholders.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • Besides, instead of making herself an eyesore, like her mother, she has devised a mourning costume of black and violet silk which does honor to her late father and reveals the family tradition of brave unconventionality by which Ramsden sets such store.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • ’Shot beyond him, I mean,’ resumed Nicholas, ’in quite another respect, for, whereas he brought within the magic circle of his genius, traditions peculiarly adapted for his purpose, and turned familiar things into constellations which should enlighten the world for ages, you drag within the magic circle of your dulness, subjects not at all adapted to the purposes of the stage, and debase as he exalted.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Its long, damp passages, its narrow cells and ruined chapel, were to be within her daily reach, and she could not entirely subdue the hope of some traditional legends, some awful memorials of an injured and ill-fated nun.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • When I met him afterwards, for the first time for many years, I found to my astonishment that he, who had been a quite tolerably presentable young man, had actually managed by sheer scorn to alter his personal appearance until he had become a sort of walking repudiation of Oxford and all its traditions.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • She is what we call in England a tomboy, with a strong nature, wild and free, unfettered by any sort of traditions.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Often, the less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of it.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • —that this house, which his remained uninhabited for twenty years, must have some gloomy tradition or dreadful legend connected with it.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • This had always been a principle in the Dodson family; it was one form if that sense of honor and rectitude which was a proud tradition in such families,—a tradition which has been the salt of our provincial society.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • And during these few revolutions all the activity, all the traditions, the complex organizations, the nations, languages, literatures, aspirations, even the mere memory of Man as I knew him, had been swept out of existence.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • It was the traditional maidenly interrogation, and he felt ashamed of himself for finding it singularly childish.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • There is a feeling of New England in its brick and sycamore villages, its stable industries, and a tradition which goes back to the Revolutionary War.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • No, what I fight in Zenith is standardization of thought, and, of course, the traditions of competition.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • Such is our comfortable tradition and sure faith.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • [4] "A printing-house is always called a chapel by the workmen, the origin of which appears to have been that printing was first carried on in England in an ancient chapel converted into a printing-house, and the title has been preserved by tradition.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • It was a tradition of the family that the man to disgrace them would be the heir who died, leaving the d’Anconia fortune no greater than he had received it.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • It is contrary to every principle we have tried to teach you, contrary to all established precedents and traditions of Art.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • ’The bird that would soar above the level plain of tradition and prejudice must have strong wings.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • There was a tradition that it had been put up some fifty years before by a retired colonel called von Schmidt, who owned the house at that time.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • The oldest tradition stopped before it got back to him.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • You have no respect for excessive authority or obsolete traditions.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Everything seemed normal: the brilliant sunlight blazed harshly on the traditional costumes, the great crowd greeted its favourites as it had a hundred times before.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • With traditions, you know.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • If traditions speak true, the ancient Cair Paravel was at the river-mouth.
    C.S. Lewis  --  Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
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