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

So, Samantha Trumbo, a graduate student at the California Institute of Technology, her advisor Michael Brown and Hand (now also at Caltech) turned the Hubble Space Telescope toward the distant moon in search of that very feature. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, "Water on Europa—with a Pinch of Salt," 12 June 2019 While the initial run of PlayStation 3 consoles was able to play every game from the PlayStation line, Sony phased out that feature in subsequent hardware revisions. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Microsoft working to get “every single Xbox One game” working on Scarlett," 11 June 2019 The difference between Diamond’s Yali and Lawrence’s Yali illustrates a key feature of Diamond’s oeuvre, one that has great bearing on Upheaval. Daniel Immerwahr, The New Republic, "All Over the Map," 11 June 2019 As part of the dashboard, GoSite has a custom content management system for building and maintaining websites, and recently launched a payments feature competitive to Square. San Diego Union-Tribune, "How this 32-year-old in Mission Valley created a multimillion-dollar startup," 11 June 2019 Apparently unaware of, or unconcerned with, the advantages offered by the canny use of public diplomacy, coercive tactics have become a main feature of his Presidency. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, "Mexico, Cuba, and Trump’s Increasing Preference for Punishment Over Diplomacy," 11 June 2019 The plane was grounded in mid-March after two fatal crashes, putting focus on a particular safety feature on the plane. Chris Isidore, CNN, "American Airlines has now canceled flights past Labor Day because of Boeing grounding," 10 June 2019 The Baltimore Ravens believe former Cincinnati Bearcats receiver Chris Moore is a breakout candidate for the upcoming NFL season, per a feature from the team's official website by staff writer Ryan Mink. Dave Clark, Cincinnati.com, "Baltimore Ravens see former UC Bearcats receiver Chris Moore as breakout candidate," 10 June 2019 This shares features of a proposal by Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party in Britain. The Economist, "Blue-collar capitalists," 8 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This is the fourth in a five-part series written by experts featured in the Smithsonian's new Hall of Fossils—Deep Time exhibition, now on view at the National Museum of Natural History. Erin Dimaggio, Smithsonian, "How Do Scientists Date Fossils?," 13 June 2019 House Xtravaganza was founded in 1982 from the New York underground ballroom scene, and was recognized after being featured in the 1991 documentary, Paris Is Burning, according to The Cut. Serena Sonoma, Teen Vogue, "Family and Community Want Answers After the Death of Trans Woman Layleen Cubilette-Polanco at Rikers Island," 12 June 2019 The company is working with Finnish developer Next Games on a free-to-play mobile game that will take place in the shadowy Upside Down world featured in the series. Frank Pallotta, CNN, "Netflix says 'Stranger Things' mobile video game is coming in 2020," 12 June 2019 His best player remains 32-year-old Luis Suarez, who is in a fitness race recovering from arthroscopic right knee surgery and may not be fit to feature in the opener against Ecuador. Luis Miguel Echegaray, SI.com, "Copa America 2019 Rankings: Who Needs to Win the Competition the Most?," 12 June 2019 The cranes are among three species featured in the exhibit. USA TODAY, "High Line milestones, Iowa’s big stink, Muscle Beach makeover: News from around our 50 states," 11 June 2019 But the prize might be worth the effort: A previous record holder, James Asquith, who hit 195 at age 24, went on to successfully launch a travel app and is now featured regularly in newspaper travel sections in his native Britain. David Ferry, SFChronicle.com, "Inside the mysterious sport of ‘country collecting’," 11 June 2019 The longtime Cambridge resident will join M ichael Dell (reportedly), Herb Chambers (whose future pad was featured in the Wall Street Journal recently), and probably other bold-faced Boston names in the city’s tallest residential building. BostonGlobe.com, "New Skanska development chief has eye out for big projects," 11 June 2019 The show, which is co-hosted by fellow Marvel franchise alum Jon Favreau, featured Paltrow in an episode about a recipe for a pepperpot. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "Watch Gwyneth Paltrow Literally Realize She Was In Spider-Man: Homecoming," 10 June 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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to take the place or position of

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