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


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.


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 list hasn't been finalized, but all of the features that the new cars have were seen (and used) in the movie. Daniel Golson, Car and Driver, "Check Out the Aston Martin DB5 Continuation's Working James Bond Gadgets," 14 May 2019 The Duchess of Cambridge's #RHSChelsea 'Back to Nature' garden has a natural woodland feel and contains lots of unique design features to inspire families to get outside and explore nature together. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Is in Her Element in New Photos of Her Garden Design Project," 13 May 2019 Would a reboot feature the original cast, or a totally new crew of scandalous elites? Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Leighton Meester Says She Hasn't Been Asked About a "Gossip Girl" Reboot," 11 May 2019 For nine months last year regulators didn’t green-light the sale of any new titles or of special features within... Shan Li, WSJ, "China’s Tencent Surrenders on ‘PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’," 9 May 2019 During its unveiling of the Pixel 3a at its I/O Developer’s Conference Tuesday, Google highlighted several of the $399 phone’s best features: Night Sight, Call Screen, and of course, the price. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "PSA: The Pixel 3a isn’t getting the same unlimited Google Photos storage as the Pixel 3," 8 May 2019 But this year, someone within the Hallmark family is looking elsewhere for their chance to headline a holly jolly feature. Megan Stein, Country Living, "A ‘When Calls the Heart’ Star Just Got Cast in a Christmas Movie—But It’s Not on Hallmark," 26 Mar. 2019 For one of T&C’s March fashion features, Glamour is Resistance, the team decamped to Victor Demarchelier’s studio in Manhattan’s NoMad neighborhood. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "Behind the Scenes of a Town & Country Photoshoot," 13 Mar. 2019 Tremors led to several feature film and made-for-TV movies, which the Oklahoma native followed with a stint starring as the lead in Annie Get Your Gun on Broadway. Jason Ikeler, Good Housekeeping, "A Closer Look at Reba McEntire's Iconic Career," 19 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The cold open also featured each member of BTS getting their time in the spotlight, saying hello to everyone individually as a way for new viewers to get to know them. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "BTS Recreated The Beatles’ Legendary Performance When Playing “Boy With Luv” on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert”," 16 May 2019 Aside from the baby's basic stats, the page also features a sweet photo of Archie meeting his great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, for the first time. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Archie Harrison, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Baby, Had a Typo on His Royal Website Page," 8 May 2019 The dress also featured a plunging neckline which dipped below her belly button, revealing Kim's entire torso. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner and Kim Kardashian's Met Gala Afterparty Looks Were Skintight and See-Through," 7 May 2019 The collection also features two types of liquid lip colors at $10 each: Matte Liquid Lipstick and Lip Gloss. Marci Robin, Allure, "Ulta and Marvel Are Launching an Avengers Makeup Collection, and the Prices Are Heroic," 31 Mar. 2019 The sequence also features three plyometric exercises, which are explosive cardio moves that train speed and power. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "A Total-Body HIIT Workout You Can Do in Under 15 Minutes From Celebrity Trainer Jeanette Jenkins," 14 Mar. 2019 Besides Katy's pants vs. seat debacle, The View segment also featured a funny moment from Lionel. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Watch 'The View' Guest Katy Perry Fall Off Her Chair FOUR Times While Discussing 'American Idol'," 6 Mar. 2019 Some fancier models also feature engines with electronic fuel injection. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Lawn Mower Buyer's Guide: Everything You Need to Know to Buy the Right Mower," 22 Feb. 2019 According to Deadline, season 15 will feature a two-part opener and will be comprised of just 10 episodes. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "The Final Season of 'Criminal Minds' Will Be a 'Tearjerker' and We're Not Ready," 27 Apr. 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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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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a strong desire or propensity

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