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"characteristic" in British English

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characteristicnoun [C]

uk   /ˌkær.ɪk.təˈrɪs.tɪk/  us   /ˌker-/
B2 a ​typical or ​noticeablequality of someone or something: Unfortunately a ​bignose is a family characteristic. Sentimentality ​seems a characteristic of all the ​writers of that ​period. The ​malebird displays (= has) several characteristics which ​distinguish him from the ​female.

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characteristicadjective

uk   /ˌkær.ɪk.təˈrɪs.tɪk/  us   /ˌker-/
characteristically
adverb uk   us   /-tɪ.kəl.i/
She gave a characteristically ​skilfulperformance.
(Definition of characteristic from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"characteristic" in American English

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characteristicadjective

 us   /ˌkær·ək·təˈrɪs·tɪk/
  • characteristic adjective (QUALITY)

typical of a ​person or thing: The ​creamy richness is characteristic of ​cheese from this ​region.

characteristicnoun [C]

 us   /ˌkær·ɪk·təˈrɪs·tɪk/
  • characteristic noun [C] (QUALITY)

a ​typical or ​noticeablefeature of someone or something: Curly ​hair is one of my ​family characteristics. Her ​distinguishing characteristic is ​perseverance.
(Definition of characteristic from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “characteristic”
in Arabic سِمة, صِفة مَميّزة…
in Korean 특성…
in Portuguese característica…
in Catalan característica…
in Japanese 特徴, 特色…
in Chinese (Simplified) 特色,特点,特征…
in Turkish özellik, karakteristik, nitelik…
in Russian черта, особенность…
in Chinese (Traditional) 特色,特點,特徵…
in Italian caratteristica…
in Polish cecha (charakterystyczna)…
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