trait

Trait \Trait\, n. [F., fr. L. tractus, fr. trahere to draw. See {Trace}, v., and cf. {Tract} a region, {Trace} a strap, {Tret}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A stroke; a touch. [1913 Webster] By this single trait Homer makes an essential difference between the Iliad and Odyssey. --Broome. [1913 Webster] 2. A distinguishing or marked feature; a peculiarity; as, a trait of character. [1913 Webster] Note: Formerly pronounced tr[=a], as in French, and still so pronounced to some extent in England. [1913 Webster]