trait

noun
\ ˈtrāt, British usually ˈtrā \

Definition of trait

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

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Examples of trait in a Sentence

This dog breed has a number of desirable traits. honesty is one of her defining traits

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Or would my blonde hair and blue eyes have snuck through some unknown recessive traits of his? Jackie Bryant, Harper's BAZAAR, "Saying Goodbye to Your Future, Along with Your Marriage," 4 Sep. 2018 They’re joined by Elfo (Nat Faxon), who combines traits of a Smurf, a Keebler Elf, and one of Snow White’s dwarves. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "Disenchantment lacks the magic of Netflix’s other animated originals," 7 Aug. 2018 Half of the black participants were first made to review a list of racist traits associated with African-Americans. Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, Glamour, "I'm an Immigrant. When I Spend Money on Makeup, I'm Paying to Feel Safe.," 17 Dec. 2018 All of these traits make Beaujolais a super-versatile wine, in particular for the sweeter foods at the Thanksgiving table. Laura Giannatempo, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Wine to Pair With Turkey, According to Wine Experts," 15 Nov. 2018 Adora is strong, tough, hotheaded, and a fish out of water in the world of princess luxury and palace etiquette, which are traits highly reminiscent of the title character in The Legend of Korra. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "Netflix’s She-Ra reboot follows closely in Steven Universe’s footsteps," 8 Nov. 2018 The algorithm can also create a list of animals ranked by their risk of carrying disease, as well as a description of the traits that determine that risk. Mallory Locklear, Discover Magazine, "With Big Data and Predictive Analytics, Scientists Are Getting Smarter About Outbreaks," 8 Nov. 2018 If it is damaged, then females develop as a mix of traits, while males develop perfectly normally. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Gene drive used to turn all female mosquitos sterile," 27 Sep. 2018 Epigenetics are inheritable traits that don't effect DNA sequencing, but typically stem from life experiences. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "THC Could Affect Men's Sperm, New Study Says," 20 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of trait

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for trait

Middle French, literally, act of drawing, from Latin tractus — more at tract

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trait

noun

English Language Learners Definition of trait

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

trait

noun
\ ˈtrāt \

Kids Definition of trait

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

trait

noun
\ ˈtrāt, British usually ˈtrā\

Medical Definition of trait

: an inherited characteristic

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