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 Even shallow water selectively absorbs and scatters light at different wavelengths, making certain features hard to see and washing out colors—especially reds and yellows. Erik Olsen, Scientific American, "“Sea-thru” Brings Clarity to Underwater Photos," 14 Nov. 2019 Schiff announced on Tuesday the schedule for next week's open impeachment hearings, which will last three days and feature testimony from eight current and former administration officials. NBC News, "Democrats announce second week of impeachment public hearings," 13 Nov. 2019 The result is The Report, Burns’s feature directorial debut. Todd S. Purdum, The Atlantic, "The Government Report That Got Turned Into a Hollywood Movie," 13 Nov. 2019 Scientists have also found new features on Arrokoth, including several bright spots, patches and craters, including a 5-mile-wide depression that likely formed from some kind of impact. Fox News, "NASA renames mysterious Ultima Thule after Nazi controversy arises," 13 Nov. 2019 Now, the electric blue hedgehog has been reimagined to look more like the traditional cartoon character — boasting larger, more animated eyes, white gloves instead of white hands, thin legs and all-around less human-like features. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, "Sonic Trailer Re-Released with Redesigned Hedgehog After Human-Like Original Sparked Backlash," 12 Nov. 2019 Most people wouldn’t want to see the streaming marketplace go the way of the box office — where Disney’s Marvel movies and animated features are the overwhelming majority. Washington Post, "Disney+ Dazzles, But Hulu Is Its Secret Weapon," 12 Nov. 2019 These tend to remove features that most customers are accustomed to, including choosing a seat in advance, making changes for a fee or, in some cases, bringing anything more than a personal item. Hannah Sampson, Anchorage Daily News, "JetBlue enters the basic economy battle with a ‘humane’ take on budget fares," 12 Nov. 2019 Perhaps the starkest difference, though, is in Firework’s social features. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "US startups are already trying to displace TikTok," 12 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The hope among Democrats is that the hearings will feature televised testimony so compelling that public opinion breaks decisively toward impeachment, thereby scrambling the politics on Capitol Hill. Steve Kornacki, NBC News, "ANALYSIS: Trump public impeachment hearings: More like Watergate or Clinton?," 13 Nov. 2019 Shoptalk said on Wednesday that its 2020 retail conference in Las Vegas would feature exclusively female speakers in a one-off move the organizer said was meant to address the paucity of women in top roles in corporate America. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Retail Conference Shoptalk to Have Only Women Speakers in 2020," 13 Nov. 2019 In comparison to other seasons, the latest one was rather short — season 5 was comprised of nine episodes, while season four featured 13. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Adam Busby Shares the Real Reason 'Outdaughtered' Isn’t Airing a New Episode Tonight on TLC," 13 Nov. 2019 But while Georgia’s roster features just four players from Alabama, Auburn has 34 players from Georgia on its roster. Giana Han, al, "Beating Georgia would be an ‘early Christmas gift’ for players from Georgia," 12 Nov. 2019 As Vogue reports, Clarke's midi dress also featured sheer ruffled sleeves, a high neck and crystal embellishment. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Emilia Clarke Wore an Embellished Cut-Out Dress by Prada to the 'Last Christmas' London Premiere," 12 Nov. 2019 Chubb, however, is off to an incredible start and is fully entrenched as the Browns’ featured back. Dan Labbe, cleveland, "Browns debut new backfield duo and find a willing blocker in Kareem Hunt," 11 Nov. 2019 In a landmark study published earlier this year, a survey of more than 40,000 works of art from 18 major museums in the country — including the DIA — found that 85% of artists featured are white. Detroit Free Press, "African-American art stars in new Detroit Institute of Arts show — and so do collectors," 9 Nov. 2019 The Top Artists rankings include all acts with 250,000 or more Bandsintown trackers, while the Rising Artists lists feature acts with 10,000-249,999 trackers. Eric Frankenberg, Billboard, "Bandsintown + Billboard Touring Indexes: Rex Orange County Surges & Sturgill Simpson Debuts," 8 Nov. 2019

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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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16 Nov 2019

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

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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 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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