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

Some key features of the new warehouse include: The parts packaged and distributed are used for every Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicle sold in the United States, and hundreds of competitive vehicles. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "GM opens $65M parts processing center, keeping jobs near Flint," 5 Aug. 2019 Original features include Arcadia aluminum sliding doors, mahogany paneling, interior door hardware, and 1960s light switches. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Airy remodeled Eichler wants $1.1M," 5 Aug. 2019 Safety features include eight air bags, corner brake control, lane-departure warning, blind-spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert and lane-departure warning. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV: a royal rite of passage," 2 Aug. 2019 Some other updated features of the home include a pool, 12 fireplaces, 3 acres of gardens, a historic gazebo, a full chef's kitchen, a 4-car carriage house and even Tesla and Copper Creek charging stations. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "The iconic mansion that inspired "Gone with the Wind" is for sale," 11 July 2019 The new features include more subscription options, additional merchandise partners, and another way to receive tips during live streams. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "YouTube is adding more ways for creators to make money," 11 July 2019 Other outdoor features include a separate patio for grilling and an outdoor walkway that leads from the main house to an art studio that sits atop a garage equipped with a Tesla charging port. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Woodsy retreat with tons of patio space asks $3.1M," 24 July 2019 Additional features include an inviting front deck that also offers another private venue for an evening glass of wine or chat with the neighbors. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: One of a Kind: This peaceful, updated sanctuary includes an enchanting backyard and awesome access," 22 July 2019 Other features include a wet bar, a chef’s kitchen and a game room. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Hot Property Newsletter: The next episode (featuring a QB and Mel B)," 20 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The drink menu features a thoughtful and broad selection of wines and local beers, including offerings from Charm City Mead Works, as well as on-trend cocktails made with Belle Isle moonshine. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "Ocean City’s Shark on the Harbor puts the focus on Maryland seafood and produce," 8 Aug. 2019 Décor Expanding on the theme of swirling water in motion, the design features contoured ballroom architecture and furnishings arranged within a series of converging curves, enticing guests to mingle and explore. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmys: First-Look at the TV Academy's Governors Ball," 8 Aug. 2019 Sometimes, Marinelli Madness features a cheetah chasing a gazelle to illustrate the speed a pass rush demands. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "How Rod Marinelli uses 'madness' to ‘demand greatness’ from Dallas Cowboys D," 8 Aug. 2019 The show features a ragtag group of, well, single parents looking out for one another and their kids. Rachel Yang, Teen Vogue, "Unintelligent Asians Are Smart for Television," 8 Aug. 2019 Bixby wasn’t included in any demonstrations of the Note 10’s many new software tricks, productivity enhancements, and features designed with convenience in mind. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Samsung didn’t mention Bixby once during its entire Galaxy Note 10 event," 8 Aug. 2019 The menu features all the greatest hits of dinner, along with a sturdy burger and an even better eggplant sandwich that shines with mint pesto and pickled onions. Gustavo Arellanostaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Review: No bad orders and plenty of sauce at Ellie’s in Long Beach," 8 Aug. 2019 The back features three lenses stacked vertically, a design similar to that of the iPhone XS or XS Max. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "First look at the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 & 10+: Why they're worth preordering," 8 Aug. 2019 The room features raw Thai silk, tons of plants, lamps resembling jellyfish, and reclaimed wood from old Thai houses and boats. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Kin Khao sister restaurant Nari opens in San Francisco with seasonal Thai fare," 8 Aug. 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 usually brief trip or an expedition

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