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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The company is also launching an Audio Creator Fund to support those using its Soundbites feature. Kerry Flynn, CNN, "Facebook is joining the (very) crowded audio space with soundbites, live rooms and podcasts," 19 Apr. 2021 Her last feature for the magazine was about how the pandemic may shape architecture. New York Times, "The Skagit Valley," 8 Apr. 2021 Her feature directorial debut, One Night in Miami…, imagining the real-life meeting of four Black icons in 1964, arrived during a period marked by isolation. Marcus Jones, EW.com, "The Revelation: How Regina King proved she could do it all with One Night in Miami…," 6 Apr. 2021 This is, in big part, due to their Cinemotion feature, which has been present on Sony TVs for many years. Whitson Gordon, Wired, "I Use Motion Smoothing on My TV—and Maybe You Should Too," 6 Apr. 2021 Super Cruise hands-free driving technology and use its new trail mapping feature, accessible via the myGMC app. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, "The New Hummer EV SUV Is Coming: Here’s Everything We Know," 5 Apr. 2021 LinkedIn just launched their Video Cover Story feature, which allows job seekers to upload a short video to their LinkedIn profile and share more about their story, background and career goals. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "How to Nail a Video Interview," 2 Apr. 2021 Its most distinguishing feature is its shallow-draft, semiplaning hull. Jim Wilson, Popular Mechanics, "The Navy's Stealth Strike Force: PM Meets the New Littoral Combat Ship," 22 Apr. 2021 After students were allowed to attend in-person classes for at least four days a week, the Outdoor School opened its doors for a day program and eliminated its overnight feature for this school year. Kristen Griffith, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Carroll County restarts in-person Outdoor School for some sixth graders," 21 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With exactly three weeks to go until the start of the WNBA season, the Connecticut Sun announced a robust 22-person training camp roster, which is expected to feature 13 players competing for two open roster spots. courant.com, "Connecticut Sun head into training camp with 13 players likely competing for two open roster spots," 23 Apr. 2021 Hillman took out the protruding front end of the truck that used to feature an aquarium where the engine should be, but the All-Star player’s confident smirk is still a dominant presence in the room. Dallas News, "After 3 years on the market, Shaquille O’Neal’s Orlando mansion gets a makeover — with less Shaq," 23 Apr. 2021 The iPhone 13 series is rumored to feature a smaller notch. Chris Smith, BGR, "An exciting display upgrade is coming to more phones this year," 23 Apr. 2021 Friday's proceedings are expected to feature billionaires Bill Gates and Mike Bloomberg and steelworker and electrical union leaders who favor solar and other renewable energy sources. Editors, USA TODAY, "J&J vaccine review, Andrew Brown Jr. shooting, climate summit: 5 things to know Friday," 23 Apr. 2021 The closing day of the two-day summit on climate change is to feature Bill Gates and Mike Bloomberg, steelworker and electrical union leaders and executives for solar and other renewable energy. Ellen Knickmeyer, Star Tribune, "Jobs are make-or-break argument for Biden in climate plan," 22 Apr. 2021 Cohen said that while many murder trials nowadays are bound to feature some form of video, mostly surveillance video with no audio, the Chauvin trial is unique for the abundance of footage, from multiple angles. Bill Hutchinson, ABC News, "George Floyd's voice haunted Derek Chauvin murder trial," 20 Apr. 2021 As for the future of the store, one of the plans for space is to feature a rotation of brand collaborations— the first one being with actress and designer Sarah Jessica Parker. Amanda Lauren, Forbes, "The Novogratz Opens Up Its First Furniture Store In Los Angeles," 19 Apr. 2021 Massive anchor for anyone looking to feature a power run game. Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Chargers Mock Draft 2021: Seven-round projections," 7 Apr. 2021

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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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28 Apr 2021

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“Feature.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feature. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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