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