WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
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.

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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