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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The company’s proprietary Isogroove acoustic feedback elimination feature ensures the speakers don’t impact the turntable, even if dad cranks it up. Brad Moon, Forbes, 12 June 2021 By eliminating the start-stop feature in its large SUVs and thereby reducing the number of chips each SUV needs, GM is giving itself the chance to keep building vehicles, GM spokesperson Kevin Kelly said in a statement. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, 12 June 2021 The tower, which was perhaps the original school building’s most memorable architectural feature, had been deemed by local safety officials to be an unsafe place to store books due to the threat of fire. Rich Heileman, cleveland, 12 June 2021 Eujin Neilan, owner of Uni-T in Natick Center, also sees advantages now for smaller retail shops, particularly those like hers that feature locally made goods. BostonGlobe.com, 11 June 2021 Kranz led the development of BMW's i3, an electric car that debuted in 2013 and has a carbon fiber frame, an unusual feature for a vehicle that isn't an especially expensive, high-end car. Matt Mcfarland, CNN, 11 June 2021 Emilio Morenatti also won the prize for feature photography for his photos documenting older people in Spain struggling amid the pandemic. Allison Prang, WSJ, 11 June 2021 His award coincides with the start of the European Championship, in which Sterling is set to feature for England. Pan Pylas, ajc, 11 June 2021 Emilio Morenatti of The Associated Press was awarded the feature photography prize for a series on the pandemic’s impact on older people in Spain. New York Times, 11 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Available in August, the new APUs (CPU's with integrated Radeon graphics) feature up to eight cores and 16 threads with the Ryzen 7 5700G sticking to a 65W TDP (the same as the Ryzen 5600X) and will include a Wraith Stealth cooler too. Antony Leather, Forbes, 1 June 2021 Although they’re made of rugged stainless steel, these blades still feature a flexible spine design which ensures maximum screen contact. Tim Kohut, BGR, 1 June 2021 In total, the Tokyo Games will feature 339 events across 33 sports. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, 1 June 2021 The mark will feature local farmers, seasonal produce, free range meats, pastries, eggs, honey, maple syrup, tea and coffee, artisan breads and more. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 1 June 2021 The free outdoor concert will feature patriotic music and American classics starting at 8:15 p.m. Thursday, June 3, if weather permits. Destine Gibson, Dallas News, 31 May 2021 Others feature nonslip grips at the bottom for superior traction on slippery bathroom surfaces. Rebecca Carhart, Travel + Leisure, 30 May 2021 The pre-race show will feature several moments honoring America's fallen heroes. Dom Calicchio, Fox News, 29 May 2021 The Wings feature G Arike Ogunbowale and G Marina Mabrey, who played in college at Notre Dame as did Diggins-Smith and Mercury F Brianna Turner. Jeff Metcalfe, The Arizona Republic, 28 May 2021

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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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The first known use of feature was in the 14th century

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15 Jun 2021

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“Feature.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feature. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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