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


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


featureless \ˈfē-chər-ləs \ adjective

Examples of feature in a Sentence


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.


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

The new features are designed to keep children and families active and will be installed on about 7 acres of the new Heritage Park, formerly the Woodbine Golf Course. Michelle Mullins, Daily Southtown, "Homer Glen OKs $2.6 million for new playground, sensory garden; work to begin soon," 13 July 2018 Destin Daniel Cretton, who directed 'Short Term 12,' is helming the Warner Bros. feature. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, "Jamie Foxx in Talks to Join Michael B. Jordan in Legal Drama 'Just Mercy'," 13 July 2018 Facial-recognition technology has become deeply integrated in tech giants’ products, whether the key feature for unlocking Apple’s iPhone X or identifying people in Google’s photos app. Jay Greene, WSJ, "Microsoft Calls on Government to Regulate Facial-Recognition Technology," 13 July 2018 The feature will appear right next to Apple Pay, Apple Inc.’s competing mobile payment service. BostonGlobe.com, "Two friends who worked at different pharmaceutical companies convicted of insider trading," 12 July 2018 The features most commonly used to identify people are faces, voices, finger prints and retinal scans. The Economist, "The way people walk can be used for ID and health checks," 12 July 2018 The new Instagram feature comes amid mounting concern about what social media and smartphones were doing to the mental health of their users. NBC News, "Instagram's 'caught up' joins movement to set limit on screentime," 12 July 2018 In March, the feature looked at Airbus' A320 family of jets. Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY, "July's #avgeek gallery: 40 cool aviation photos," 12 July 2018 That’s when Molly, who has not yet learned the alphabet, used the FaceTime feature on her father’s iPhone to call her mom. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Virginia girl, 3, uses FaceTime to save father's life after he suffers stroke," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In June, the BrewVino Roast featured special releases of von Stiehl wine and Ahnapee beer plus a steer roast. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Algoma is a day trip away along Lake Michigan," 12 July 2018 The show also features select new-vehicle manufacturer displays. Larry Nutson, chicagotribune.com, "Largest car show in the Midwest touches down in Wisconsin," 13 July 2018 The program also features monthly meetings aimed at helping members identify their needs and discover new interests. Deasia Paige, Detroit Free Press, "Prison to purses: Detroit program gives ex-female felons a 2nd chance," 12 July 2018 The TheaterWorks production also features three of the same actors who did the play in Pittsburgh two years ago, plus several of the same designers. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "'Hand To God': Hanging Out With An Unhinged, Satanical Hand Puppet At Theaterworks," 12 July 2018 This month's gallery also features four photos from our collection of wire photos. Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY, "July's #avgeek gallery: 40 cool aviation photos," 12 July 2018 The loft-like space also features an open stairwell and two private bedrooms and bathrooms. Shannon Rooney, Philly.com, "On the market: Old City condo in former textile factory for $545,000," 12 July 2018 Apart from the pristine white walls and furniture accented with rich wooden colors, the home also features five masonry fireplaces, seven full and three half luxury bathrooms, seven bedrooms, and a five-car garage. Daniela Sternitzky-di Napoli, Houston Chronicle, "Incredible multi-million dollar mansion for sale in Houston," 10 July 2018 The event will run from 7 to 9 a.m. and also features an ice cream breakfast. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "After first day of voting, Jesus Aguilar leads 'Final Vote' standings," 10 July 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


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


circa 1755, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for feature


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


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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



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)


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


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.


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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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