(noun, adjective)


1. typical or distinctive

- heard my friend's characteristic laugh

- red and gold are the characteristic colors of autumn

- stripes characteristic of the zebra

Similar word(s): diagnostic, symptomatic, distinctive, typical, peculiar, typical


1. a prominent attribute or aspect of something

- generosity is one of his best characteristics

Similar word(s): feature

Definition categories: thought, attribute, dimension, property

2. a distinguishing quality

Definition categories: attribute, quality

3. the integer part (positive or negative) of the representation of a logarithm; in the expression log 643 = 2.808 the characteristic is 2

Definition categories: communication, integer

4. any measurable property of a device measured under closely specified conditions

Definition categories: attribute, property

Sentences with characteristic as a noun:

- A field's characteristic, if non-zero, must be a prime number.