Borrowed from Middle French trait (“line, feature”), from Latin tractus (“drawing, pulling”), from Latin trahō, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *tregʰ- (“to drag, pull?”), perhaps a variation of *dʰregʰ- (“to pull, draw, drag”). Doublet of tract.
- IPA(key): /tɹeɪt/
Audio (Southern England) (file)
- (traditional British pronunciation, now virtually obsolete) enPR: trā, IPA(key): /tɹeɪ/
- Rhymes: -eɪt, -eɪ
- Homophones: tray, trey (one pronunciation)
trait (plural traits)
- (biology, psychology) An identifying characteristic, habit or trend.
- Synonym: characteristic
- The number one personality trait I hate is hypocrisy. Why can't you be consistent!?
- 1856, Ralph Waldo Emerson, English Traits, Truth:
- The English, of all classes, value themselves on this trait, as distinguishing them from the French, who, in the popular belief, are more polite than true.
- 1916, John Dewey, Democracy and Education:
- The positive and constructive aspect of possibility gives the key to understanding the two chief traits of immaturity, dependence and plasticity.
- 2003, Robert S. Siegler, Judy S. DeLoache, Nancy Eisenberg, How Children Develop, Macmillan, →ISBN, page 89:
- Turning to our second trait, if you have straight hair, then both of your parents must carry an allele for this trait.
- (object-oriented programming) An uninstantiable collection of methods that provides functionality to a class by using the class’s own interface.
- 2006, Nathaniel J. Nystrom, Programming languages for scalable software extension and composition:
- Traits are parametrized on other methods, which must be provided to create a class using the trait. Using a trait-like mechanism to compose large collections of mutually-dependent classes or traits could lead to parameter explosion.
- “trait”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.
- trait on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
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trait m (plural traits)
- color of a mineral
- (dated) the action of hauling or pulling (by an animal of burden)
- (dated) straps or cords placed on an animal of burden and attached to the vehicle which the animal pulls
- (obsolete) an action reflecting a favorable or adverse intention by one person toward another
- a remarkable or influential historical event
- a particular passage in a speech that is well-written; an excellent or appealing characteristic of a speech
- a vibrant, brilliant, or innovative idea
- (religion) verses sung in a Mass between the gradual and the gospel reading
- connection or link between one thing and another
- (geology) color of the dust produced by a mineral
- (chess, checkers) the privilege of taking the first turn/move
- (oriented-object programming) trait
- avoir trait à
- cheval de trait
- forcer le trait
- grossir le trait
- tirer un trait
- trait d’esprit
- trait d’union
- trait pour trait
- “trait”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.