feature

noun
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

feature

verb
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

Noun

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

For more stories like this, including celebrity news, beauty and fashion advice, savvy political commentary, and fascinating features, sign up for the Marie Claire newsletter. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Halle Berry Just Unveiled the Most Enormous Tattoo Right Down Her Back," 5 Mar. 2019 Rumors had been floating around that Close might reprise her part in a feature film, but nothing seemed tied down—until last week's announcement that the production had found a director. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Glenn Close's Sunset Boulevard Remake Is Moving Forward with a Newly Announced Director," 4 Mar. 2019 Made by WowWee, the toy company that brought us Fingerlings, the dancing doll has a couple of other cool features, too. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "The New Baby Shark Toy Will Dance Circles Around You," 19 Feb. 2019 Naked Reloaded features gorgeous hues of taupe, rose, terracotta, and brown, now with bigger pans. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Urban Decay is Launching the Naked Reloaded Palette With Bigger Eyeshadow Pans," 13 Feb. 2019 Apple packed a bunch of new features into the Series 4 Watch. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Our favorite (and least favorite) tech of 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 In response to the Times report, Facebook said none of the features or partnerships gave access to people’s information without their permission and tried to explain the message access. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Facebook’s very bad year, explained," 21 Dec. 2018 The swimming pool, although an important part of the royal family's history, is one of Buckingham Palace's more private features. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Regularly Uses the Pool at Buckingham Palace," 14 Dec. 2018 Both of these new movies are just a few of the features the network has filmed in Canada. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Hallmark's 'Christmas Joy' and 'Road to Christmas' Were Filmed in the Same Quaint Town," 3 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

For now, the Levi’s jacket features touch inputs and a tag that blinks and vibrates in sync with your phone. Amy Verner, Vogue, "The Future of Smart Fabric Is in This Fashion Historian’s Hands," 6 Mar. 2019 Hers, a tribute to her A Star Is Born character, featured a delicate, fine line rose right down her spinal cord. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Halle Berry Just Unveiled the Most Enormous Tattoo Right Down Her Back," 5 Mar. 2019 Leaving Hulu in February The Project Runway trailer: Check out the brand-new teaser for Bravo's Project Runway reboot, featuring Karlie Kloss as the host and Christian Siriano, Nina Garcia, and former Teen Vogue editor Elaine Welteroth as judges. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "11 TV Shows and Movies You Must Watch This Week," 20 Jan. 2019 Camila’s story focused on Lili’s goofiness in return, featuring clips of her own charades performances. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, ""Riverdale" Stars Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, and Madelaine Petsch Team Up for Game of Charades," 13 Jan. 2019 Enhanced over the version that first launched with the Xbox One, this revised controller features a 3.5mm headphone jack for private listening and chatting, as well as Bluetooth functionality for operability with Windows 10 computers. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "Xbox One controllers for console and PC are $20 off again," 8 Jan. 2019 Benli can point out unique features the average tourist would miss—like the tortured faces of devils swirled into the green marble at Hagia Sophia. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Days In Istanbul," 28 Dec. 2018 Olivia’s battle with breast cancer and her determination to beat the disease is featured in the film. Marie Milano, Country Living, "Inside Olivia Newton-John's Heartbreaking Battle With Cancer," 16 Feb. 2019 In addition to being featured on other artist's songs, Beatz has also released a couple of albums of his own. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who is Alicia Keys' Husband, Swizz Beatz?," 10 Feb. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'feature.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of feature

Noun

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

Verb

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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feature

noun

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

feature

verb

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)

feature

noun
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

feature

verb
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.

feature

noun
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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