- a person who betrays another, a cause, or any trust.
- a person who commits treason by betraying his or her country.
Origin of traitor
Examples from the Web for traitor
I asked if it was hard carrying a name like his in a land that had condemned his father as the worst kind of traitor.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind
December 19, 2014
A message smuggled from his jail described his son as a traitor and disowned him.When the Son of Hamas Spied for Israel
August 5, 2014
To many Poles, this marked him forever as a traitor who served only his Soviet masters.Poland’s Warmed-Over Cold Warrior
May 29, 2014
The whites would have called me a traitor, the blacks might have accused me of stealing their knowledge.Reading Prison Novels In Prison
May 24, 2014
But while UConn is treating Holt as a whistleblower, it appears her sorority sisters are treating her as a traitor.How Kappa Kappa Gamma Threw A UConn Sorority Sister Under The Bus
May 15, 2014
"You were always a cur and a traitor, Mark Shaw," cried Aylward.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
We girls used to wonder what the lovers talked about while they waited for the traitor.Quaint Courtships
All that is now doubtful concerning this man is, whether he was a coward or a traitor.The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson
Robin tells me, that the Joseph Leman, whom you mention as the traitor, saw him.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
The governor, a coward or a traitor, rendered thee to the rebellious crowd.Leila, Complete
- a person who is guilty of treason or treachery, in betraying friends, country, a cause or trust, etc
Word Origin and History for traitor
c.1200, from Old French traitor (11c.), from Latin traditorem (nominative traditor) "betrayer," literally "one who delivers," from stem of tradere "deliver, surrender" (see tradition). Originally usually with a suggestion of Judas Iscariot.