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 If so, perhaps language is a universal feature of evolution. The Economist, "Johnson Is music a language, as Stevie Wonder sang?," 30 May 2020 Write intent bitmaps are an mdraid feature that allows disks that have dropped off and re-entered the array to resync rather than rebuild from scratch. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Return to RAID: The Ars readers “What If?” edition," 27 May 2020 Some individuals also become more focused on a past traumatic experience, a feature of PTSD. Jackie Rocheleau, Scientific American, "A Monday Is a Tuesday Is a Sunday as COVID-19 Disrupts Internal Clocks," 27 May 2020 Sharing food is a central feature of how Chinese people, like many elsewhere in the world, convey affection. Amy Qin, BostonGlobe.com, "Virus threatens Chinese traditions of chopsticks and family-style meals," 25 May 2020 Among the many features of the ring is a depiction of Baby Shark holding the Commissioner’s Trophy, a nod to the walkup song of outfielder Gerardo Parra, a former player for the Mobile BayBears. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Washington Nationals unveil World Series rings in virtual ceremony," 25 May 2020 Deregulatory initiatives have been a major feature of the Trump presidency and are likely to be a central component of Trump’s legacy. Nihal Krishan, Washington Examiner, "Trump aims to cut red tape tying up doctors," 25 May 2020 But heavy automation is a feature of all 18 of the company’s in-country meat processing facilities. Megan Molteni, Wired, "Covid-19 Makes the Case for More Meatpacking Robots," 25 May 2020 Similar to Snapchat's Bitmoji, the feature allows Facebook users to create a cartoon avatar of themselves. Alicia Lee, CNN, "Facebook launched its Bitmoji-like Avatars. Here's how to make yours," 17 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb All products featured on Healthyish are independently selected by our editors. Elyse Inamine, Bon Appétit, "This Eye Massager Is So Relaxing, I Fall Asleep With It On," 29 May 2020 This article is part of #TIME100Talks: Finding Hope, a special series featuring leaders across different fields sharing their ideas for navigating the pandemic. Madeleine Carlisle, Time, "'Everything Has to Pass.' Why Dolly Parton Is Optimistic About Life After Coronavirus," 28 May 2020 His good deed was then featured on the Kelly Clarkson show. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "From acts of kindness to dinosaur parades, here are 50 good things that have happened during the pandemic," 27 May 2020 The team was also featured on the local Fox news channel and website. al, "Alabama students win national environmental competition," 27 May 2020 On May 7 a Black Voices for Trump livestream featured a celebrity surrogate, former New York Mets slugger Darryl Strawberry, part of a weekly BVFT broadcast that’s so far received more than 6 million views. Joshua Green, Bloomberg.com, "Trump Isn’t Giving Up on Long-Shot Efforts to Woo Black Voters," 25 May 2020 In fact, several memorable Memorial Day games are being featured on NBA TV today (see below). Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Is there a better holiday on the sports calendar than Memorial Day?," 25 May 2020 This story originally featured on The Conversation. Popular Science, "COVID-19 is setting back recovery from opioid addiction," 23 May 2020 All products featured on Condé Nast Traveler are independently selected by our editors. Chris Nashawaty, Condé Nast Traveler, "On Location: 'The Trip to Greece' Is a Guide to Country's Most Underrated Spots," 22 May 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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31 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Feature.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feature. Accessed 2 Jun. 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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