feature

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noun

fea·​ture ˈfē-chər How to pronounce feature (audio)
1
a
: the structure, form, or appearance especially of a person
a man of large feature
b
obsolete : physical beauty
2
a
: 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
3
a
: 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
featureless adjective

feature

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verb

featured; featuring ˈfēch-riŋ How to pronounce feature (audio)
ˈfē-chər-iŋ

transitive verb

1
chiefly dialectal : to resemble in features
2
: to picture or portray in the mind : imagine
3
a
: 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

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Bite’s popular vegan bits come in a plastic-free glass jar and feature stain-fighting calcium carbonate. Sam Peters, ELLE, 21 Jan. 2023 There’s also a trackback feature and pre-hike route planning through the Garmin app. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 20 Jan. 2023 Duncan Jones made a splash with his feature directorial debut, Moon in 2009, a moody, philosophical insight into possible lunar labor practices in the future. Ruth Johnson, EW.com, 18 Jan. 2023 Jonah Hill, Eddie Murphy and Julia Louis-Dreyfus are just some of the big names starring in Barris’ feature directorial debut, You People, written by Barris and Hill and hitting Netflix on Jan. 27. Hilary Lewis, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Jan. 2023 Turn on the mapping feature and the Deeper Pro Plus will create custom maps of the bottom. Ric Burnely, Field & Stream, 17 Jan. 2023 Members of the Taliban were able to temporarily subscribe to Twitter’s pay-for-verification feature, adding blue check marks to their accounts that appeared to confer a degree of legitimacy on the extremist regime. Tori Otten, The New Republic, 17 Jan. 2023 The experimental film, Ball’s debut feature, premiered at the Fantasia International Film Festival in July before it was pirated from another festival’s at-home viewing platform and began circulating online. Megan Mccluskey, Time, 13 Jan. 2023 Level 2 autonomy, which lets the car control acceleration and steering, is already available in various vehicles today (think Tesla’s autopilot feature or GM’s Super Cruise). Bailey Schulz, USA TODAY, 12 Jan. 2023
Verb
Tickets for the tour, which will feature support from Yacht Rock Revue on select dates, go on sale Friday. Rachel Desantis, Peoplemag, 18 Jan. 2023 Ashe and Jones are aiming for a mid-to-late February opening for the restaurant, which will feature brunch service on the weekends and a relaxed vibe that can accommodate girls’ nights out, game-day watch parties and family dinners, Ashe said. Amanda Yeager, Baltimore Sun, 18 Jan. 2023 On the field, Senga will have to acclimate to a harder pitching mound and a larger baseball which doesn’t feature the tack Japanese pitchers are accustomed to. Gary Phillips, New York Times, 16 Jan. 2023 In the carousel, the star walks along the shore and strikes some poses while wearing a black bralette top and matching string bikini bottoms, which feature white seashells along the waist and long tassels hanging at the sides. Harper's BAZAAR, 15 Jan. 2023 Honorees at the event, which will feature 36 marching bands, include Houston rapper and philanthropist Trae tha Truth and mayoral candidate and former city council member Amanda Edwards. Ariana Garcia, Chron, 14 Jan. 2023 Nickelodeon has started production for the film, tentatively titled Zoey 102, which will feature Jamie Lynn Spears as her original role of Zoey Brooks. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 12 Jan. 2023 La Niña years, which feature unusually cold ocean temperatures in the equatorial Pacific, tend—or, at least, tended—to be cool. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 11 Jan. 2023 The brand is also planning to reopen its flagship boutique in Milan by 2024, which will feature larger interiors. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 11 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun and Verb

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

circa 1755, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of feature was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Feature.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feature. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

feature

1 of 2 noun
fea·​ture ˈfē-chər How to pronounce feature (audio)
1
a
: the shape or appearance of the face
b
: a single part of the face (as the nose or the mouth)
2
: a part or detail that stands out
3
a
: the principal motion picture on a program
b
: a special column or section in a newspaper or magazine
featureless adjective

feature

2 of 2 verb
featured; featuring ˈfēch-(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce feature (audio)
1
: to play an important part
2
a
: to have as a feature
a menu featuring seafood
b
: to give special prominence to

Medical Definition

feature

noun
fea·​ture ˈfē-chər How to pronounce feature (audio)
1
: the structure, form, or appearance especially of a person
2
a
: the makeup or appearance of the face or its parts
b
: a part of the face

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