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 feature (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

Other Words from feature


featureless \ ˈfē-​chər-​ləs How to pronounce feature (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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In addition to securing Elvis’ RCA deal, Parker negotiated his feature films, his Vegas residency and his Aloha From Hawaii special. Grant Wong, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 June 2022 Rosebud Films is developing multiple feature films projects, one of which is a psychological period piece focusing on the occult. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 22 June 2022 The vast majority of Netflix movies on this list, in spite of the streamer’s best efforts to crank out hit original feature films, are actually third-party, non-Netflix titles. Andy Meek, BGR, 15 June 2022 In the meantime, Netflix is streaming some of Hwang's South Korean feature films, including Silenced and Miss Granny, as well as Lee Jung-jae vehicle Svaha: The Sixth Finger. Stephanie Mlot, PCMAG, 13 June 2022 The four feature films that win their respective categories — Hoosier Lens, American Spectrum, World Cinema and Documentary — will advance to grand jury deliberation, where a sole winner will be selected. Griffin Wiles, The Indianapolis Star, 10 June 2022 As the same implies, this Nebula projector is meant to move around, thanks to its onboard rechargeable battery that delivers three hours of power on a single charge, plenty of juice for most feature films. Dan Diclerico, Good Housekeeping, 10 June 2022 Everyone knows about the impact the pandemic had on feature films and theatrical releases. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 June 2022 Klein directed three feature films and 27 documentaries, and the second floor of the exhibition is largely given over to the moving image. Vogue, 2 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Another proposal that has gained steam in recent days and is expected to feature at the summit is a price cap on Russian oil, allowing European countries to import it, but only at an artificially low price. Jim Tankersley, BostonGlobe.com, 26 June 2022 The site is expected to feature historical and art exhibits, as well as events and lecture series, hosted by LGBTQ creators and figures. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 24 June 2022 In addition, the Heat also are expected to feature Jovic, Mulder, Smart, midseason addition Haywood Highsmith and center Omer Yurtseven on their summer roster. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 24 June 2022 For fans looking for drag performances, the festival is scheduled to feature celebrated performers like Monet X Change and Chicago’s beloved Shea Coulee. Britt Julious, Chicago Tribune, 23 June 2022 Saturday and Sunday are expected to feature highs in the lower 90s across most valley areas. oregonlive, 22 June 2022 The American and National league lineups are sure to feature some of baseball’s top earners, including Mike Trout, Max Scherzer and Gerrit Cole. Orlando Mayorquin, USA TODAY, 22 June 2022 The designs were created by nail artist Eri Ishizu with one goal in mind: to feature the colors that represent pan-African pride and culture. Chelsea Avila, Allure, 21 June 2022 Phase 4 was going to be the first MCU phase to feature multiple TV shows on Disney’s brand new streaming service. Chris Smith, BGR, 21 June 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for feature


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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