trait etymology

English word trait comes from Proto-Indo-European *tragʰ-, and later Latin tractus (Drawing, dragging, hauling, pulling.)

Detailed word origin of trait

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*tragʰ- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) to draw, drag
traho Latin (lat) (by extension) I attract the support of, win over.. (figuratively) I attract, draw (someone; their attention). I drag.. I draw out, prolong.. I extract, withdraw.. I plunder, squander.. I trail.
tractum Latin (lat)
tractus Latin (lat) Drawing, dragging, hauling, pulling.
trait Middle French (frm)
trait English (eng) (biology, psychology) an identifying characteristic, habit or trend. (object-oriented) An uninstantiable collection of methods that provides functionality to a class by using the class’s own interface.

Words with the same origin as trait

Descendants of *tragʰ-
abstract attract contract contractor distract distraction extract extraction number numerous portrait retreat trace traced traction tractor trail train trainee training tram treat treatment treaty