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

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 Buckeye Numbers is a weekly feature during the football season on cleveland.com. Rich Exner, cleveland, "Ohio State-Michigan betting line history," 27 Nov. 2019 California Gold will also offer a selection of boilermakers — shot-and-a-beer combinations — which was likewise a feature of Shumway’s menu at Bear Vs. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "California Gold in San Rafael might be Marin’s most ambitious cocktail bar ever," 26 Nov. 2019 Facebook added a feature in 2017 that allows users to request donations to their favorite charity in lieu of birthday gifts. Anchorage Daily News, "Family Finances: Giving to charity while on a budget," 26 Nov. 2019 These images of Jupiter show x-ray emission from the aurora at the north pole of the planet, a feature unique among the worlds in our solar system. Belinda J. Wilkes, Scientific American, "The Universe through X-ray Eyes," 26 Nov. 2019 Wilson's full-page cartoons, often suffused in gloomy shades of brown and green, became a monthly feature in the magazine and were often reprinted in books. Matt Schudel, chicagotribune.com, "Gahan Wilson, cartooning’s master of the creepy and the macabre, dies at 89," 24 Nov. 2019 But the company continued to push its presence on social media, and in 2017, with sales soaring, the company and Mr. Bowen, the co-founder, filed a patent for a vaping device with a feature that seemed aimed at younger users. Julie Creswell, New York Times, "Juul Says Its Focus Was Smokers, but It Targeted Young Nonsmokers," 23 Nov. 2019 Eisenhower was the first president to fly in a helicopter while in office in July 1957, and thereafter the helicopter became a feature of White House life. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "You Can Now Buy the Official 2019 White House Christmas Ornament," 21 Nov. 2019 Companies where business-model drama is a bug and not a feature. Jessica Powell, Time, "The Problem Is Bigger Than WeWork. Why Wall Street Realized Unicorns Aren't so Magical," 21 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Keep checking back since the brand is also featuring daily doorbuster deals and flash sales. CNN Underscored, "Black Friday 2019: The best deals to start shopping now," 27 Nov. 2019 Con: Apple TV is pricey compared to the competition and, Reviewed.com noted, the remote is not as full-featured as Roku's. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Black Friday: What streaming video device is best for you and can you get a deal?," 27 Nov. 2019 This special edition of the paper will be available across Ann Arbor and Columbus featuring stories from both student newspapers. Bisma Parvez, Detroit Free Press, "Rivalry edition: U-M, OSU student newspapers hold fundraising competition," 26 Nov. 2019 The sneaker will be released as unisex and features an edition number embossed on the outside, as well as the Prada logo on the tongue and side. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Exclusive: Prada and Adidas Unveil Their Sneaker Collaboration," 25 Nov. 2019 Admission: Free Notable: Free concerts will feature DJ Logic (Saturday after first runs) and Grace Potter (Saturday after second runs) and Twiddle (Sunday after first runs) . . . BostonGlobe.com, "Killington Cup at a glance," 24 Nov. 2019 The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park, featuring the world’s most comprehensive collection of glass works by Louis Comfort Tiffany, is offering free admission all Thanksgiving weekend during its open house Nov. 29-Dec. 1. Trevor Fraser, orlandosentinel.com, "Free admission to Orlando area museum on Thanksgiving weekend," 23 Nov. 2019 Many of the channels discovered by ProPublica played local news, investigative documentaries and political analysis, while others featured sports recaps, singing competitions, flamenco dancing and medical advice. Ava Kofman, ProPublica, "YouTube Promised to Label State-Sponsored Videos But Doesn’t Always Do So," 22 Nov. 2019 Hoping to spread the word that Shamrock’s is back in action, Carter and Prince plan to attend a grand re-opening celebration that will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, featuring free store samples, food, drinks and discounts. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "Shamrock Plaza on McKnight Road reopens after sewer debacle," 22 Nov. 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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The first known use of feature was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

30 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Feature.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/featuring?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=f&file=featur03. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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How to pronounce feature (audio)

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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