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Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Latin, 17th century


(Of words or phrases) Metaphorical.


Passed down; transmitted from one to another.

Examples of Tralatitious in a sentence

"The head chef adopted a tralatitious practice from the previous chef of giving a pep talk before dinner."

"Aurora didn’t voice her feelings directly, but she did make tralatitious comments we could all easily interpret."

About Tralatitious

“Tralatitious” is based closely on the Latin “trālātīcius,” meaning “customary.”

Did you Know?

“Tralatitious” describes both metaphorical words or phrases and the state of something being passed down or transferred from one party to another. The two definitions differ somewhat, but both mean referencing or invoking something else — either a custom or a metaphor. For example, it’s tralatitious to describe Florida’s beaches as “paradise,” as the metaphor illuminates the speaker’s passion for the landscape. Similarly, a tradition of visiting the beaches as a family can be tralatitious as it’s handed down from one generation to the next.

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