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 full track list and features list have not yet been revealed. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Beyoncé Releases an Empowering New Song, "Spirit," for The Lion King Soundtrack," 10 July 2019 Send tips to features writer Shauna Stuart at sstuart@al.com. Shauna Stuart | Sstuart@al.com, al.com, "Wine Spectator named these Alabama restaurants as some of the best in the world for wine," 10 July 2019 Instagram is also developing another feature called Restrict, which would give users greater controls of their interactions with those who target them. Cat Zakrzewski, Washington Post, "The Technology 202: Facial recognition debate expected to turn toward immigration," 9 July 2019 The bottom half of this year's top 100 features multiple quarterbacks under bright spotlights this fall. The Si Staff, SI.com, "Top 100 College Football Players of 2019: Nos. 100–51," 9 July 2019 Tom Perez, the Democratic National Committee chairman, warned Tuesday that popular features of the Affordable Care Act could be swept away by the courts and turned to Arizona examples to argue the harmful effect. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "National Democratic Party chairman Tom Perez defends 'Obamacare' in Phoenix," 9 July 2019 These features promote durability but increase the saw’s weight. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Budget-Friendly Circular Saws for Summer Construction," 9 July 2019 The experience is especially great with a new iPhone feature called Express Transit. Joanna Stern, WSJ, "End of the Wallet: Phone-Based Driver’s Licenses and MetroCards Are Put to the Test," 27 June 2019 Hill will also contribute a regular feature called Sea Dogs, which will be included in each book. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Joe Hill is returning to comics with a new ‘pop-up’ imprint at DC," 27 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The smelter featured more than a dozen potrooms, each a few hundred yards long. Mark Dent, WIRED, "The Hard-Luck Texas Town That Bet on Bitcoin—and Lost," 11 July 2019 All products featured on Bonappetit.com are independently selected by our editors. Priya Krishna, Bon Appétit, "I Accept Amul Cheese Exactly As It Is: Canned, Processed, and Perfect," 11 July 2019 The other cameras feature an ultra-wide-angle lens (117-degree field of view) and a 3x optical zoom. Dallas News, "OnePlus 7 Pro is a flagship phone priced way below the competition," 11 July 2019 Wednesday’s announcement on changes in kidney care featured an executive order and a speech from the president. Margot Sanger-katz, New York Times, "Erasing Obamacare Could Undermine Trump’s Own Health Initiatives," 11 July 2019 Adachi: Birmingham’s high-end, Japanese-inspired restaurant features a small plate-style menu and sushi menu that changes daily, according to Adachi's website. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Don't miss these restaurants at the Free Press' Wine + Food Experience," 11 July 2019 While the ongoing Cricket World Cup featured ten sides -- five of which are from the subcontinent and only one from Europe -- Liverpool will play host to a veritable range of nations. Nick Friend, CNN, "Tracey Neville: 'I'd like us to get to the point where it's called sport and not women's sport,' says netball coach," 10 July 2019 The Astros’ farm system featured affiliates that led their league in strikeouts at every level in 2018. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Strikeout increase shows Orioles minor league pitching program taking hold under Chris Holt," 10 July 2019 The event featured sweeping flyovers by warplanes, helicopters and even Air Force One, and tanks parked outside the Lincoln Memorial. Adam Edelman, NBC News, "Trump's costly July Fourth event bankrupted Washington's security, anti-terror fund," 10 July 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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