Pronunciation: (trāt; Brit. alsotrā), [key]
1. a distinguishing characteristic or quality, esp. of one's personal nature: bad traits of character.
2. a pen or pencil stroke.
3. a stroke, touch, or strain, as of some quality: a trait of pathos; a trait of ready wit.
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