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  • distinguishing trait — index characteristic, property (distinctive attribute) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • Trait — Trait, n. [F., fr. L. tractus, fr. trahere to draw. See {Trace}, v., and cf. {Tract} a region, {Trace} a strap, {Tret}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A stroke; a touch. [1913 Webster] By this single trait Homer makes an essential difference between the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • trait — (n.) late 15c., shot, missiles; later a stroke, short line (1580s), from M.Fr. trait, from L. tractus draft, drawing, drawing out, later line drawn, feature, from pp. stem of trahere to pull, draw (see TRACT (Cf. tract) (1)). Sense of particular… …   Etymology dictionary

  • trait — ► NOUN 1) a distinguishing quality or characteristic. 2) a genetically determined characteristic. USAGE Trait has two pronunciations. The first, sounding like tray, is the traditional one (corresponding to its sound in French), but the newer one …   English terms dictionary

  • trait — meaning ‘a person s distinguishing characteristic’, is now usually pronounced trayt rather than tray in both BrE and in AmE …   Modern English usage

  • trait — [trāt] n. [Fr, a draft, line, stroke < L tractus, pp. of trahere, to DRAW] 1. a distinguishing quality or characteristic, as of personality 2. CHARACTER (n. 15) 3. Rare a stroke, trace, or touch SYN. QUALITY …   English World dictionary

  • trait — /trayt/; Brit. also /tray/, n. 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… …   Universalium

  • trait — [[t]treɪt[/t]] brit. also [[t]treɪ[/t]] n. 1) a distinguishing characteristic or quality, esp. of one s personal nature: bad traits[/ex] 2) an inherited feature or characteristic: a recessive trait[/ex] 3) a pencil stroke 4) a touch or trace •… …   From formal English to slang

  • trait — noun Etymology: Middle French, literally, act of drawing, from Latin tractus more at tract Date: 1589 1. a. a stroke of or as if of a pencil b. touch, trace 2. a. a distinguishing quality (as of personal character) < curiosity is one of her… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • trait — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. quality, characteristic, peculiarity, idiosyncrasy; custom; feature. See indication, attribution, speciality. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. habit, manner, custom, feature, attribute, quality, characteristic …   English dictionary for students

  • trait — [treɪt, treɪ] noun a distinguishing quality or characteristic. ↘a genetically determined characteristic. Origin C16 (an early sense was stroke of the pen or pencil in a picture ): from Fr., from L. tractus (see tract1) …   English new terms dictionary