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 Within a minute, her features softened and her eyes closed. Tim Zimmermann, Washington Post, "My terminally ill mother wanted to end her own life. What would it take to fulfill her last wish?," 11 Dec. 2019 But Intel has advertised its SGX feature as preventing corruption or theft of sensitive data even in the face of this sort of highly privileged malware. Wired, "Hackers Can Mess With Voltages to Steal Intel Chips' Secrets," 10 Dec. 2019 All were imaged with a specialized microscope that scanned their surfaces, charting their features much like a satellite recording the topography of a mountain range. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Bullets That Killed Kennedy Immortalized as Digital Replicas," 9 Dec. 2019 Cruisers don’t have to purchase the internet to take advantage of many of its features, though. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "What makes new cruise ship Sky Princess unique?," 9 Dec. 2019 His taut and polished features, like those of an ageing game-show host, recall a time when Americans were happier to take their leaders at glossy face value. The Economist, "The stickiness of Joe Biden," 5 Dec. 2019 The theory starts with the brain and infers that some of its peculiar architectural features are what gives rise to consciousness. Christof Koch, Scientific American, "Will Machines Ever Become Conscious?," 1 Dec. 2019 In addition to the prestigious Truck of Texas title, Ram won the heavy-duty, luxury and full-size truck categories, along with several prizes for its innovative features. Houston Chronicle, "TAWA: Ram 1500 declared top truck; Kia Telluride wins the SUV crown," 29 Nov. 2019 Its distinguishing features include scores of half-timber buildings and a stone gate left over from a 500-year-old town wall. John Gurda, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Miller Brewing's founder is all but forgotten in his hometown, but one German brewery hasn't given up on 'Old Fred'," 27 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Dickens Village is open, though, as is the original Cran Central, which features many of the rides. BostonGlobe.com, "“About 100,000 people come at Christmas,” said Samantha Allen, marketing director for what is now called," 13 Dec. 2019 The sisters wore matching Marc Jacobs looks which featured white prairie dresses with bell sleeves, printed with small blue flowers. Helen Murphy, PEOPLE.com, "Selena Gomez Shares the Sweet Advice She Gave Her Little Sister Before Her First Red Carpet," 12 Dec. 2019 The Pistons won — an Allan Houston four-point play was the key play late in the 110-99 victory — the game that featured budding stars Grant Hill for the Pistons and Juwan Howard for the Bullets. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Pistons' first Mexico trip featured Juwan Howard, clash with Rasheed Wallace," 12 Dec. 2019 For heftier loads, consider the brand's ultra lightweight Travel Cloud Bag, a packable-yet-roomy tote that features a zip top closure and detachable inner zip pocket. Chelsea Stone, CNN Underscored, "Bag 15% off at Baggu's sitewide sale," 12 Dec. 2019 This season, Dinson was the first Tiger to make an interception in a season that featured just seven interceptions. Giana Han, al, "Two Auburn defensive backs headed to the Shrine Bowl," 12 Dec. 2019 Season 2 of the hit reality singing competition show, which features masked celebrities battling it out to be the last to have their identity revealed and take home the show’s Golden Mask prize, wraps up next week. Lauren Huff, EW.com, "The Masked Singer slyly reveals first season 3 costume: Banana!," 11 Dec. 2019 For the first time this season, the Blazers’ coach used a lineup that featured Hassan Whiteside and Skal Labissiere on the court at the same time. Joe Freeman | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Terry Stotts adds new wrinkles in Portland Trail Blazers’ win over New York Knicks," 11 Dec. 2019 Higginbotham is seeking to distinguish himself in a crowded 7th District Democratic primary field that features 24 candidates, including Cummings’ widow, former U.S. Rep. Kweisi Mfume and four state legislators. Jeff Barker, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore law professor running for the late Rep. Elijah Cummings’ seat to lend his campaign $500,000," 11 Dec. 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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The first known use of feature was in the 14th century

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14 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Feature.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feature?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=f&file=featur01. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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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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