traitor

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search
See also: traïtor

English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English traitor, traitour, traytour, from Old French traïtor (French traître), from Latin trāditor. Displaced native Old English lǣwa.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈtɹeɪtə(ɹ)/
  • (US) enPR: trā′tər, IPA(key): /ˈtɹeɪtɚ/, [ˈtʰɹeɪɾɚ]
  • Homophone: trader (in dialects with flapping)
    • (file)
  • Rhymes: -eɪtə(ɹ)

Noun[edit]

traitor (plural traitors)

  1. Someone who violates an allegiance and betrays their country; someone guilty of treason; one who, in breach of trust, delivers their country to an enemy, or yields up any fort or place entrusted to their defense, or surrenders an army or body of troops to the enemy, unless when vanquished.
  2. Someone who takes arms and levies war against their country; or one who aids an enemy in conquering their country.
  3. (by extension) One who betrays a confidence or trust.
    • 2021, Olivia Rodrigo and Dan Nigro (lyrics and music), “Traitor”, in Sour, performed by Olivia Rodrigo:
      It took you two weeks
      To go off and date her
      Guess you didn’t cheat
      But you’re still, you’re still a traitor
      Yeah, you’re still a traitor

Synonyms[edit]

Hyponyms[edit]

Translations[edit]

Verb[edit]

traitor (third-person singular simple present traitors, present participle traitoring, simple past and past participle traitored)

  1. To act the traitor toward; to betray; to deceive.

Translations[edit]

Adjective[edit]

traitor (comparative more traitor, superlative most traitor)

  1. Traitorous.
    • 1735, Alexander Pope, “The Second Satire of Dr. John Donne”, in The Works of Mr. Alexander Pope, volume II, London: [] J. Wright, for Lawton Gilliver [], OCLC 43265629:
      to find a subject staid and wise
      Already half turn'd traitor by surprise

Translations[edit]


Old French[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Adaptation of Latin trāditor, trāditorem.

Noun[edit]

traitor m (oblique plural traitors, nominative singular traitre, nominative plural traitor)

  1. traitor

Related terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]


Old Occitan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin trāditor, trāditorem.

Noun[edit]

traitor m (oblique plural traitors, nominative singular traitors, nominative plural traitor)

  1. traitor

References[edit]