trait

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noun \ˈtrāt, British usually ˈtrā\

Definition of trait

  1. 1a :  a distinguishing quality (as of personal character) curiosity is one of her notable traitsb :  an inherited characteristic

  2. 2a :  a stroke of or as if of a pencilb :  touch, trace

Examples of trait in a Sentence

  1. This dog breed has a number of desirable traits.

  2. honesty is one of her defining traits

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Origin and Etymology of trait

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


First Known Use: 1589

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TRAIT Defined for English Language Learners

trait

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Definition of trait for English Language Learners

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


TRAIT Defined for Kids

trait

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noun \ˈtrāt\

Definition of trait for Students

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


Medical Dictionary

trait

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noun \ˈtrāt, British usually ˈtrā\

Medical Definition of trait

  1. :  an inherited characteristic



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