WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
trait /treɪt/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a quality, esp. of one's personal nature, that sets one apart from others:his bad character traits.
  2. an inherited feature or characteristic:a recessive trait.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
trait (trāt;[Brit. also]trā), 
  1. a distinguishing characteristic or quality, esp. of one's personal nature:bad traits of character.
  2. a pen or pencil stroke.
  3. a stroke, touch, or strain, as of some quality:a trait of pathos; a trait of ready wit.
  • Latin tractus. See tract1
  • Middle French: literally, something drawn
  • 1470–80
1 .peculiarity, mark, attribute, property.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

trait /treɪt; treɪ/ n
  1. a characteristic feature or quality distinguishing a particular person or thing
  2. rare a touch or stroke
Etymology: 16th Century: from French, from Old French: a pulling, from Latin tractus, from trahere to drag

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