feature

noun
fea·​ture | \ˈfē-chər \

Definition of feature 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the structure, form, or appearance especially of a person a man of large feature

b obsolete : physical beauty

2a : the makeup or appearance of the face or its parts stern of feature even when he smiled

b : a part of the face : lineament a person with Asian features

3a : a prominent part or characteristic Pine trees were a feature of the landscape.

b : any of the properties (such as voice or gender) that are characteristic of a grammatical element (such as a phoneme or morpheme) especially : one that is distinctive

4 : a special attraction: such as

a : a featured motion picture

b : a featured article, story, or department in a newspaper or magazine An account of the fire was the feature in the Sunday newspaper.

c : something offered to the public or advertised as particularly attractive one of the car's most popular features

feature

verb
featured; featuring\ˈfēch-​riŋ, ˈfē-​chər-​iŋ \

Definition of feature (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 chiefly dialectal : to resemble in features

2 : to picture or portray in the mind : imagine

3a : to give special prominence to the exhibit features local artists

b : to have as a characteristic or feature a menu featuring many options

intransitive verb

: to play an important part

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Other Words from feature

Noun

featureless \ˈfē-​chər-​ləs \ adjective

Examples of feature in a Sentence

Noun

This year's models include several new safety features. This camera has several features that make it easy to use. The car has some interesting new design features. His plan combines the best features of the earlier proposals. Her eyes are her best feature. Tonight's feature is a new romantic comedy. He starred in his first feature film a year ago.

Verb

The building features a state-of-the-art security system. The new menu features several low-fat entrees. The show now features a new singer. The evening news report featured the story of the murder. The newspaper featured health care on its front page.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But executives ultimately decided keeping money-transfer features on Venmo’s website wasn’t worth the fraud risks. Peter Rudegeair, WSJ, "Venmo Caught Off Guard by Fraudsters," 24 Nov. 2018 The headphone works decently as a headset for making cellphone calls and has an auto-off feature to preserve battery life. Cnet.com, The Seattle Times, "The best wireless headphones for running," 23 Oct. 2018 By 2010, Kardashian West was practically the definition of the bombshell beauty equation: Tousled, voluminous hair, out-to-there lashes, deft contouring that sharpened her features against a famously sinuous frame. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Happy Birthday, Kim Kardashian West! Tracing Her Jaw-Dropping Beauty Evolution," 21 Oct. 2018 The final feature, the kindness camera effect, is a collaboration with your fave Dance Moms star, Maddie Ziegler. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "Instagram's New Anti-Bullying Feature Is Here To Make Social Media A Nicer Place," 17 Oct. 2018 The bike will have connectivity features that send maintenance prompts to the owner via phone app. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "The Tarform Motorcycle is a Retro Electric Bike," 12 Oct. 2018 What’s funny is that Garmin just came out with a Garmin 5 Plus, which once again, has incrementally better features. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Lauren Goode returns for the final episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask," 3 Aug. 2018 The feature is part of Snapchat’s continued effort to encourage young voters to go to the polls. Casey Newton, The Verge, "One way Twitter’s ad archive improves on Facebook’s," 3 Nov. 2018 Prior to her upcoming feature, Christmas at Pemberley Manor, Lowndes appeared in the network's A December Bride (2016), Merry Matrimony (2015), and Hallmark Movies and Mysteries' Magical Christmas Ornaments (2017). Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Who Is Jessica Lowndes? All About the Star of Hallmark's 'Christmas at Pemberley Manor'," 27 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Maybe the biggest news, though, is that this latest iteration to the midrange G series line features a notch. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "The Moto G7 Play will have a notch and a much smaller battery," 26 Nov. 2018 Two kinds of bugs feature in this issue of Discover as well: One type lives in our homes, another in our bodies. Discover Magazine, "Table of Contents Dec 2018," 24 Nov. 2018 Several homes featured on their show are even for rent via AirBnB, capitalizing on the new tourist interest in once-sleepy Waco. Laura Fenton, Curbed, "How the ‘modern farmhouse’ look took over," 21 Nov. 2018 Swartz highlighted Hasbro’s retractable plastic claws for Marvel’s Black Panther, an item featured on this year’s list. Philip Marcelo, The Seattle Times, "The “worst toys” for the holidays, according to safety group," 13 Nov. 2018 The Yuletide treat, developed by The Republic of Tea, is a cardamom cinnamon flavor that features your favorite holiday spices plus zesty ginger, cloves, and star anise. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Hallmark Released a 'Countdown to Christmas' Tea and We Need a Cup Now," 28 Oct. 2018 The 15 districts are all featured on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s ‘Red to Blue’ target list, a program that denotes top-tier races. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Trump attacks Kavanaugh accuser," 25 Sep. 2018 It was also revealed that the house that was featured on the show was being torn down after it was sold. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "We've Been Singing The "Drake and Josh" Theme Song Wrong All These Years," 20 Sep. 2018 The runoff features Moshe Lion, a longtime political fixture backed by much of the country’s top leadership, facing off against Ofer Berkovitch, a young secular activist pushing a progressive agenda against religious hard-liners. Aron Heller, The Seattle Times, "Jerusalem picks new mayor in round 2 of municipal elections," 13 Nov. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'feature.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of feature

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

circa 1755, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for feature

Noun

Middle English feture, from Anglo-French, from Latin factura act of making, from factus, past participle of facere to make — more at do

Verb

see feature entry 1

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feature

noun

English Language Learners Definition of feature

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an interesting or important part, quality, ability, etc.

: a part of the face (such as the eyes, nose, or mouth)

: a movie that is made to be shown in a theater for entertainment : a full-length movie

feature

verb

English Language Learners Definition of feature (Entry 2 of 2)

: to have or include (someone or something) as an important part

: to discuss or mention (something or someone) in a noticeable way : to give particular attention to (someone or something important)

feature

noun
fea·​ture | \ˈfē-chər \

Kids Definition of feature

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a part (as the nose or the mouth) of the face

2 : something especially noticeable a safety feature

4 : a special story in a newspaper or magazine

feature

verb
featured; featuring

Kids Definition of feature (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to have as a characteristic The TV features a flat screen.

2 : to give special prominence to The newspaper featured a story about the election.

3 : to play an important part A bus tour featured in our trip.

feature

noun
fea·​ture | \ˈfē-chər \

Medical Definition of feature 

1 : the structure, form, or appearance especially of a person

2a : the makeup or appearance of the face or its parts

b : a part of the face

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