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Definition of "trait" []

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

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "trait" in a sentence
  • "Blue-red fingernails, I noticed, even as I was wondering about the word trait."
  • "We learn right away that Bella’s main trait is clumsiness, which is used more as a plot device rather than a personality quirk."
  • "Of all of these characteristics, Bilbo's strongest trait is "his humanity; he is empathetic with a big heart and generous spirit.""