feature

noun
fea·​ture | \ ˈfē-chər How to pronounce feature (audio) \

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 How to pronounce featuring (audio) , 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 How to pronounce featureless (audio) \ 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

Inevitably, more companies will start using the feature. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "How to Use Instagram's New Checkout Shopping Feature," 19 Mar. 2019 To be a part of the shoppable feature, brands pay a small (undisclosed) fee to Instagram, which covers its purchase protection policy. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Instagram Just Added a New In-App Shopping Feature," 19 Mar. 2019 Here, Bobby says that the soft gray make the architectural features stand out. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "All the Design Lessons We Learned From Bobby Berk on Season 3 of 'Queer Eye'," 16 Mar. 2019 Pilots for at least two different airlines had previously raised concerns about the automatic nose-down safety feature of the Boeing Max 8. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Pilot of Doomed Ethiopian Airlines Flight Reported Control Problems Shortly After Takeoff," 13 Mar. 2019 The feature was also nominated for awards like Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actor (Sam Elliott), but lost in those categories. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "A New Version of A Star Is Born Is Coming to Theaters This Friday," 27 Feb. 2019 That seems unlikely considering some who got the feature also saw a screen explaining how to use it. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Instagram got rid of the scrolling feed for some users and people freaked out," 27 Dec. 2018 For more stories like this, including celebrity news, beauty and fashion advice, savvy political commentary, and fascinating features, sign up for the Marie Claire newsletter. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Halle Berry Just Unveiled the Most Enormous Tattoo Right Down Her Back," 5 Mar. 2019 Rumors had been floating around that Close might reprise her part in a feature film, but nothing seemed tied down—until last week's announcement that the production had found a director. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Glenn Close's Sunset Boulevard Remake Is Moving Forward with a Newly Announced Director," 4 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Now through April 6, the retailer is featuring a variety of cult-favorite beauty products from brands like Mario Badescu, Anastasia Beverly Hills, and more, for up to 50 percent off their original price. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "The 17 Best Products to Buy at the Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Sale," 20 Mar. 2019 In addition to two community spaces, the Vessel and the Shed, the complex features a mega mall, a food hall dotted with celebrity chefs, and a new subway hub. House Beautiful, "Everything You Need to Know About Hudson Yards, New York's $25 Billion Neighborhood," 19 Mar. 2019 The nine-pan palette features eight eye shadows in shimmer and matte finishes, as well as a stunning champagne-pink highlighter in the center. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "BH Cosmetics Just Launched a New Mini Zodiac Palette for Aries," 19 Mar. 2019 The main compartment features a sewn-in drawstring closure, which is ideal for loading up with treats and toys for the park, and the elastic mesh pocket in front fits my iPhone perfectly. Jessica Teich, Good Housekeeping, "This $16 Pouch Is Like a Diaper Bag for Dog Moms," 15 Mar. 2019 The velvety look featured silk lapels, white ruffled sleeves, a black bow tie, and a voluminous ball skirt. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Billy Porter Slays in a Christian Siriano Tuxedo Dress on the Oscars Red Carpet," 24 Feb. 2019 The first floor features a large, four-car industrial level workshop—with electric vehicle charging—while the upper floors house the living spaces. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 5 best shipping container houses of 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 The identical 'grams feature a series of photos from their Mehendi ceremony, a pre-wedding event in which the bride has henna applied in elaborate designs. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Are Married and They're Sharing Pictures from Their Wedding Weekend," 1 Dec. 2018 The Sunday, November 11, Instagram post also featured the singer casually lounging in bed in knee-high boots, wearing a multipatterned dress. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Dua Lipa Shared an Instagram of Her Dramatic Cat Eye," 12 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 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

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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 How to pronounce feature (audio) \

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 How to pronounce feature (audio) \

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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