feature

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noun

fea·​ture ˈfē-chər How to pronounce feature (audio)
1
a
: the structure, form, or appearance especially of a person
a man of large feature
b
obsolete : physical beauty
2
a
: 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
3
a
: 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
featureless adjective

feature

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verb

featured; featuring ˈfēch-riŋ How to pronounce feature (audio)
ˈfē-chər-iŋ

transitive verb

1
chiefly dialectal : to resemble in features
2
: to picture or portray in the mind : imagine
3
a
: 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

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
Timberland Women's Caps Ridge Waterproof Motion Jacket $195 Back to the shoes: For me, the real standout feature is their grippiness. Emily Belfiore, Travel + Leisure, 16 Feb. 2024 Considering data volume is essential, especially when fine-tuning AI features. Nanthakumar Muthusamy, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 The test, which is available now as a Search Labs experimental feature, was spotted by X user Sterling. Jon Porter, The Verge, 16 Feb. 2024 But this stood out as one of the best compost bins because of its smart features. Paige Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Feb. 2024 Other beneficial features include foldable tables on either side to hold cool drinks and snacks. Nor'adila Hepburn, Southern Living, 16 Feb. 2024 Von Ohain’s purchase order shows the car was equipped with enhanced features available only to Tesla customers who purchase Full Self-Driving, such as the ability to recognize and react to stop signs and traffic lights. Rachel Lerman, Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2024 The shampoo and conditioner duo feature niacinamide, which improves scalp circulation and promotes longer, stronger strands. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 15 Feb. 2024 The comprehensive standard features list has been expanded. James Raia, The Mercury News, 4 Feb. 2024
Verb
Over the next four months, about 50 seniors spent four hours a day piecing together 60 different 1,000-piece puzzle sections featuring a world map and 187 images of artwork by Dowdle of scenic landmarks such as the Colosseum in Rome, the Taj Mahal in India and U.S. national parks. Cathy Free, Washington Post, 17 Feb. 2024 Mirador de la Flor, which translates to Lookout of the Flower, features a motif of white roses and a life-size bronze statue of the singer leaning against a center pillar, looking over the Corpus Christi Bay. Jacqueline Weiss, Peoplemag, 17 Feb. 2024 The hype machine behind the third Deadpool installment, featuring Hugh Jackman returning as Wolverine for the first time since 2017’s Logan, justifiably reached new heights with the film’s Super Bowl spot on Feb. 11. Scott King, Forbes, 17 Feb. 2024 This piece is designed with warmth in mind, featuring an interior mesh fabric alongside cozy fleece to insulate the body against the elements. Merrell Readman, Travel + Leisure, 17 Feb. 2024 This is easy enough—certainly newer brands can feature this, like the solid and high-functioning Ford’s Gin, for example, but the ubiquitous London Dry classics like Tanqueray and Beefeater also work brilliantly. Jason O'Bryan, Robb Report, 17 Feb. 2024 The film features an all-star German arthouse cast, including Lilith Stangenberg (Wild), Saskia Rosendahl (Lore), Hans-Uwe Bauer (The Lives of Others), and Ronald Zehrfeld (Barbara). Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Feb. 2024 The housing tower would also feature 11,800 square feet of ground-floor retail space, the plans show. George Avalos, The Mercury News, 16 Feb. 2024 Two years ago, Naval Base San Diego established a squadron composed of medium-size USVs, featuring ships like Sea Hunter, which is 132 feet long. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

circa 1755, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Feature.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feature. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

feature

1 of 2 noun
fea·​ture ˈfē-chər How to pronounce feature (audio)
1
a
: the shape or appearance of the face
b
: a single part of the face (as the nose or the mouth)
2
: a part or detail that stands out
3
a
: the principal motion picture on a program
b
: a special column or section in a newspaper or magazine
featureless adjective

feature

2 of 2 verb
featured; featuring ˈfēch-(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce feature (audio)
1
: to play an important part
2
a
: to have as a feature
a menu featuring seafood
b
: to give special prominence to

Medical Definition

feature

noun
fea·​ture ˈfē-chər How to pronounce feature (audio)
1
: the structure, form, or appearance especially of a person
2
a
: the makeup or appearance of the face or its parts
b
: a part of the face

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