Definition of trait in English:

trait

Pronunciation /treɪ//treɪt/

noun

  • 1A distinguishing quality or characteristic, typically one belonging to a person.

    ‘the traditionally British trait of self-denigration’
    • ‘Humility is the finest of all virtues and is the source of all admirable character traits.’
    • ‘But they all share a common trait - frustration at the obstacles put in the way of progress.’
    • ‘Lying is one of the most human of traits that really distinguishes us from the rest of the animal world.’
    • ‘Absorption is a personality trait associated with fantasy proneness, vivid imagery and so forth.’
    • ‘He re-read his father's autobiography and realised they shared many character traits.’
    • ‘Also, at least in maturity, people seem to have relatively stable character traits.’
    • ‘There will always be some distinct personality trait that will set them apart from one another.’
    • ‘A character trait shared by many program managers is a belief they will complete their project on schedule within budget.’
    • ‘There were no differences between groups in their self-reported worry and trait anxiety.’
    • ‘It must be common trait among women, being better at cooking once you're married.’
    • ‘It may seem facile, but teams do reflect the traits and characteristics of their coaches.’
    • ‘It could take you years to really know a city, but you can pick up on its character traits in about an hour.’
    • ‘The distinction being that personality traits dictate how people use and abuse drugs.’
    • ‘One of her brother's more admirable personality traits was his general lack of prejudice.’
    • ‘The F, or femininity, scale measures socially desirable personality traits perceived to be stereotypically characteristic of women.’
    • ‘A recognised trait among gamblers is that you are likely to spend more when you are not physically handing over money.’
    • ‘In talking with the many men, she had come to distinguish similar traits in all of them.’
    • ‘Completely inhabiting his character's traits and quirks, he is tailor made for the role.’
    • ‘This is not a common trait in oncologists, or other doctors who deal with death on a daily basis.’
    • ‘Insomnia is also a common trait of anyone who uses computers for more than a few hours a day.’
    characteristic, attribute, feature, quality, essential quality, property, distinction, idiosyncrasy, peculiarity, quirk, foible, singularity, oddity, eccentricity, abnormality, mark, trademark, hallmark, earmark
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    1. 1.1 A genetically determined characteristic.
      ‘breeders were installing some trait that allowed the crop to thrive’
      • ‘Furthermore, by inbreeding his livestock he fixed and exaggerated those traits he felt to be desirable.’
      • ‘Here we identify three reproductive strategies of adult male grackles and the phenotypic traits associated with each strategy.’
      • ‘They have lived on, the recessive traits in our genetic coding, and they have emerged in us.’
      • ‘The relationships between the genetic variability of complex agronomic traits and traits for these two enzymes are discussed.’
      • ‘These parameters could be considered as quantitative traits and characterize a genotype.’
      • ‘In the latter case, the male and female traits may drift along the line of equilibria.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, dispersal can interact with other traits in determining plant fitness.’
      • ‘Studies of genetic variation of morphological traits in natural populations of mammals are essential to understanding their evolution.’
      • ‘The people who emerged from this genetic bottleneck had traits never before seen in human beings.’
      • ‘Most of her seeds are chosen because of the parents' hardy traits, so the genetic base of the garden is superb.’
      • ‘Body mass is one of the most common sexually selected male traits among animal taxa.’
      • ‘In fact IQ is a great example of a trait that is highly heritable but not genetically determined.’
      • ‘They say the teachers were simply trying to teach genetics and family traits.’
      • ‘Repeatability of evolution of quantitative traits is influenced by the genetic substrate for selection and genetic correlations among traits.’
      • ‘To be honest it's an eye opener, and the definite implication is that we can't help acting upon our genetic traits.’
      • ‘For example, a child may inherit certain traits from his parents such as height.’
      • ‘An underlying factor may be any measurable value, continuous or discrete, that influences the phenotypic traits of interest.’
      • ‘The most common traits created in GM crops are herbicide tolerance or insect resistance.’
      • ‘This suggests that these traits are genetically controlled depending on the growth stages of leaves.’

Origin

Mid 16th century: from French, from Latin tractus ‘drawing, draught’ (see tract). An early sense was ‘stroke of the pen or pencil in a picture’, giving rise to the sense ‘a particular feature of mind or character’ (mid 18th century).

Pronunciation

trait

/treɪ//treɪt/