[ trey-ter ]
/ ˈtreɪ tər /


a person who betrays another, a cause, or any trust.
a person who commits treason by betraying his or her country.

Origin of traitor

1175–1225; Middle English < Old French < Latin trāditōr-, stem of trāditor betrayer. See traditor


trai·tor·ship, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for traitorship

  • The magnates of capital shrewdly took advantage of this traitorship and, in the following campaign, won the national election.

    Life in a Thousand Worlds|William Shuler Harris

British Dictionary definitions for traitorship

/ (ˈtreɪtə) /


a person who is guilty of treason or treachery, in betraying friends, country, a cause or trust, etc

Derived forms of traitor

traitorous, adjectivetraitorously, adverbtraitorship, nountraitress, fem n

Word Origin for traitor

C13: from Old French traitour, from Latin trāditor traditor
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012