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trait

noun \ˈtrāt, British usually ˈtrā\

: a quality that makes one person or thing different from another

Full Definition of TRAIT

1
a :  a stroke of or as if of a pencil
b :  touch, trace
2
a :  a distinguishing quality (as of personal character) <curiosity is one of her notable traits>
b :  an inherited characteristic
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Examples of TRAIT

  1. This dog breed has a number of desirable traits.
  2. <honesty is one of her defining traits>

Origin of TRAIT

Middle French, literally, act of drawing, from Latin tractus — more at tract
First Known Use: 1589

Other Genetics Terms

chimera, hermaphrodite, plasticity
TRAITS Defined for Kids

trait

noun \ˈtrāt\

Definition of TRAIT for Kids

:  a quality that makes one person, animal, or thing different from another
Medical Dictionary

trait

noun \ˈtrāt, British usually ˈtrā\

Medical Definition of TRAIT

:  an inherited characteristic

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