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class trait

Definition of Class Trait

(noun) A behavior, custom, or norm–either real or imagined–that define or reflect a class.

Examples of Class Trait

Class Trait Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /klæs treɪt/
    • British English
      • /klɑːs treɪ/
      • /klas treɪ/
  • Syllabification: (class trait)

Usage Notes

  • Plural: class traits
  • Class traits change depending on the society or culture. Behaviors, customs, and norms are not omnipresent or even present at all.
  • Also called class markers.

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Works Consulted

Abercrombie, Nicholas, Stephen Hill, and Bryan Turner. 2006. The Penguin Dictionary of Sociology. 5th ed. London: Penguin.

Griffiths, Heather, Nathan Keirns, Eric Strayer, Susan Cody-Rydzewski, Gail Scaramuzzo, Tommy Sadler, Sally Vyain, Jeff Bry, Faye Jones. 2016. Introduction to Sociology 2e. Houston, TX: OpenStax.

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Princeton University. 2010. WordNet. (https://wordnet.princeton.edu/).

Random House Webster’s College Dictionary. 1997. New York: Random House.

Wikipedia contributors. (N.d.) Wiktionary, The Free Dictionary. Wikimedia Foundation. (http://en.wiktionary.org).

Cite the Definition of Class Trait

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “class trait.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 17, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/class-trait/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

class trait. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/class-trait/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “class trait.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 17, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/class-trait/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“class trait.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 17 Oct. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/class-trait/>.