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


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


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 Networking geeks who also buy Apple stuff (like me) are thrilled to see iPhones with this new feature. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "Is 5G Worth The Cost of an iPhone 12?," 20 Oct. 2020 As a whole, this feature is still one of our favorites and presents a dramatically better image that skews a bit to the warmer side; Samsung and Google’s respective Night Mode still go the cooler route. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "The iPhone 12 Pro future-proofs with 5G and impressive photography chops," 20 Oct. 2020 Take for instance this feature on workers at the Lordstown plant, who lost jobs the president promised to save. Prefer something a little more apolitical? Annie White, Car and Driver, "This Week in Cars: VW's GTI Clubsport Takes Aim at the Nürburgring," 17 Oct. 2020 Many voting machines are now electronic, and some can connect to the internet — though this feature has been enough to cause concern among election security experts. NBC News, "Why elections aren't happening on our smartphones," 14 Oct. 2020 In good hands-free news, this feature will also work with Apple CarPlay. Samuel Axon And Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Apple’s new $99 HomePod Mini is on the way—here are the details," 13 Oct. 2020 The first-year starter is having a Mr. Football-type season and has won this weekly feature four times already this season. Matthew Glenesk, The Indianapolis Star, "300-yard rushers. 5 interceptions. Some IHSAA football Week 8 performances are hard to believe.," 10 Oct. 2020 And remember that websites can remove this feature by simply updating their terms. Dallas News, "Agents on the cloud: Digital assets lost without planning," 4 Oct. 2020 Administrators will have to opt-in to include their public groups in this feature. Kaya Yurieff, CNN, "Facebook is pushing groups to your News Feed," 1 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The song, which dropped on Thursday, will also feature a music video with the majority of the original cast and even Spears' daughter, Maddie. Chloe Melas, CNN, "Jamie Lynn Spears drops new 'Zoey 101' theme song," 22 Oct. 2020 In addition to the special appearances and musical performances, the special will also feature interviews with everyday voters and information on how to vote, allaying concerns around voting amid a pandemic. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "How to watch the Every Vote Counts special, featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, J.Lo, Kerry Washington, and more," 22 Oct. 2020 The event will also feature food trucks, silent and live auctions and a tailgate experience with a 6-foot buffer space between each car to comply with COVID-19 precautions. Brandi Addison, Dallas News, "Drive-in music festival in Frisco will raise money for area nonprofits," 21 Oct. 2020 The party will also feature a free costume contest. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "29 last-minute Halloween events to check out this spooky season," 21 Oct. 2020 The Lions also feature a future Alabama player in junior linebacker Robert Woodyard. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, "5 high school games to Watch in Coastal Alabama in Week 10," 20 Oct. 2020 The Bears also feature a strong ground game that produces 313.8 rushing yards per contest. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Central-Franklin County headlines top five high school football games to see this week," 20 Oct. 2020 The online event will also feature other forestry leaders from the state, who will speak about managing both public and private forestland in Wisconsin. Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin to be featured in 'America's Forests,' hosted by Rolling Stones' keyboard player Chuck Leavell," 19 Oct. 2020 The 45,000 square foot winemaking facility will also feature a tasting room, restaurant and indoor and outdoor spaces for hosting concerts and private events. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Amaterra Wines offers a tasting room with a view," 17 Oct. 2020

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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

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

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24 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Feature.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feature. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce feature (audio)

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 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


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 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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