from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A distinguishing feature, as of a person's character. See Synonyms at quality.
  • n. A genetically determined characteristic or condition: a recessive trait.
  • n. A stroke with or as if with a pencil.
  • n. A slight degree or amount, as of a quality; a touch or trace: a sermon with a trait of humor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. an identifying characteristic, habit or trend
  • n. In object-oriented programming, an uninstantiable collection of methods that provides functionality to a class by using the class’s own interface.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A stroke; a touch.
  • n. A distinguishing or marked feature; a peculiarity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A stroke; a touch.
  • n. A distinguishing or peculiar feature; a peculiarity: as, a trait of character.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a distinguishing feature of your personal nature


Middle English, shot, from Old French, something drawn, shot, from Latin tractus, a drawing out, line; see tract1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French, from Latin tractus. (Wiktionary)



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  • I was wondering about that.... :-\

    November 8, 2007

  • Ahem.

    November 8, 2007

  • what yarb said. Well, actually, enunciated.

    November 8, 2007

  • This silent trailing t is nonsense; I'm from Britain and have only ever heard both t's fully annunciated.

    November 8, 2007

  • Apparently, the trailing t is silent in Britain, but never in America, where you would not be understood.

    November 8, 2007

  • And the mark of the shark. Or the prevalent feature of the malevolent creature.

    November 7, 2007

  • Lethality is a trait of the krait.

    November 7, 2007

  • The trailing t is silent.

    November 7, 2007