A trait is something about you that makes you "you." When your mother says that you get all your best traits from her, she means you have the same charming smile and the same brilliant mind as she has.


A stroke; a touch.

a distinguishing feature of your personal nature

A stroke; a touch.

A distinguishing or marked feature; a peculiarity; as, a trait of character.


Trait , n. [F., fr. L. tractus, fr. trahere to draw. See Trace, v., and cf. Tract a region, Trace a strap, Tret.] 1. A stroke; a touch.
By this single trait Homer makes an essential difference between the Iliad and Odyssey.
2. A distinguishing or marked feature; a peculiarity; as, a trait of character. &hand; Formerly pronounced tr'be, as in French, and still so pronounced to some extent in England.

A stroke; a touch.


Usage Examples

A trait which differentiated New York from European cities was the incredible freedom and ease in which life, including sexual life, could be carried on, on many levels.

I see nothing wrong with the human trait to desire. In fact, I consider it integral to our success mechanism. Becoming attached to what we desire is what causes the trouble. If you must have it in order to be happy, then you are denying the happiness of the here and now.

Obama is capable - as evidenced by his first-term success with health care reform. But mandate-building requires humility, a trait not easily associated with him.

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Other Usage Examples

Good humor isn't a trait of character, it is an art which requires practice.

I like to comprehend more or less everything around me - apart from the creation of my music. It's an obsessive character trait that's getting worse. I don't switch the light on and off 15 times before I leave the room yet, but something's going wrong.

No trait is more justified than revenge in the right time and place.


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