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 feature (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

Other Words from feature


featureless \ ˈfē-​chər-​ləs How to pronounce feature (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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The film, the feature debut by director Damian Kocur, follows talented pianist Tymek, a student of the Warsaw Academy of Music, who returns to his home town for a vacation, a place where time has stood still. Leo Barraclough, Variety, 29 July 2022 Saturday Night Live writers Ben Marshall, John Higgins and Martin Herlihy are getting a boost from some comedy luminaries for their feature debut. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 July 2022 The writer-director’s third feature film is a cowboys-and-aliens monster movie starring Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer. New York Times, 27 July 2022 After funding finally materialized and casting was complete, Coats began the intense work of directing his first feature film. Steve Appleford, SPIN, 27 July 2022 Paltrow, who won an Oscar for her role in 1998's Shakespeare in Love has not appeared in a feature film since 2019's Avengers: Endgame. Tommy Mcardle, PEOPLE.com, 25 July 2022 Follow this up with a Twitter battle over the casting of the new Marvel feature film. Ali Solomon, The New Yorker, 25 July 2022 By turns playful, hypnotic, laceratingly funny and deeply vulnerable, the series goes to places Assayas could not in a feature film, exploring unexpected corners of the characters’ lives and personalities. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 25 July 2022 Yoo has directed and written several short films and made his first feature film, Mai Ratima, in 2012. Sara Merican, Forbes, 24 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Has there ever been an extended Beyoncé moment that didn’t feature one? Robin Givhan, Washington Post, 29 July 2022 Joy Revolution is ready to introduce that truth through love stories, with its first list publishing in spring 2023 that will feature young adult novels from bestselling authors Talia Hibbert and Amalie Howard. Lexy Perez, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 July 2022 For a modern twist, look for pieces that feature sleek lines or bold accent colors. Julianne Hilmes Bartlett, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 July 2022 The heroics will be needed in the upcoming stretch that will feature teams vying for the postseason, including the Los Angeles Sparks on Thursday at Footprint Center. Jenna Ortiz, The Arizona Republic, 27 July 2022 Car aficionados might be interested in two upcoming events that will feature classic cars and trucks. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 26 July 2022 Moth_Culture doesn’t specify any Disney Plus shows that will feature Earth-838. Chris Smith, BGR, 21 July 2022 Lucktoberfest will begin with Paul Cauthen’s popular Big Velvet Revue, with the colorful Tyler, Texas, native leading a showcase that will feature (as yet unannounced) special guests. Jon Freeman, Rolling Stone, 21 July 2022 High and Adidas Forum Low, bringing them to life with tongue details that feature his Frogboy and Rocket characters to dimensionalize his story of Black heroes and futurism. Emerald Elitou, Essence, 20 July 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for feature


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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