- a prominent or conspicuous part or characteristic: Tall buildings were a new feature on the skyline.
- something offered as a special attraction: This model has several added features.
- Also called feature film. the main motion picture in a movie program: What time is the feature?
- any part of the face, as the nose, chin, or eyes: prominent features.
- features, the face; countenance: to compose one's features for the photographers.
- the form or cast of the face: delicate of feature.
- a column, cartoon, etc., appearing regularly in a newspaper or magazine.
- feature story.
- Archaic. make, form, or shape.
- to be a feature or distinctive mark of: It was industrial expansion that featured the last century.
- to make a feature of; give prominence to: to feature a story or picture in a newspaper.
- to delineate the main characteristics of; depict; outline.
- Informal. to conceive of; imagine; fancy: He couldn't quite feature himself as a bank president.
- Older Use. to resemble in features; favor.
- to play a major part.
Origin of feature
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Examples from the Web for features
He reminisces about the features of Texas life that make Texas its own, distinctive community.Will Texas Stay Texan?
December 29, 2014
There is an expanded place-name index with more than 150,000 entries, and separate undersea, Moon, and Mars features.The Best Coffee Table Books of 2014
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Its 8-megapixel camera, inclusive of true-tone and dual-LED f/2.2 aperture flashes, features optical image stabilization.Why Every Home Needs a Drone This Holiday
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She also features a more natural face than the one of docile serenity so often bestowed on the Queen of Heaven.The Virgin Mary Lookbook
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It features on its front and back covers an intricate “original” design, embossed in gold.Rand Paul’s Many Leather-Bound Books
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She gazed on his features as he slept; and was left to sorrow alone.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
They say that he paints not merely a man's features, but his mind and heart.The Prophetic Pictures (From "Twice Told Tales")
What if Remorse should assume the features of an injured friend?The Haunted Mind (From "Twice Told Tales")
To some features of the Bill he was opposed, but was in favor of its principle.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
In some features, one of the most unusual I have seen since I have been practicing law.Within the Law
- any one of the parts of the face, such as the nose, chin, or mouth
- a prominent or distinctive part or aspect, as of a landscape, building, book, etc
- the principal film in a programme at a cinema
- an item or article appearing regularly in a newspaper, magazine, etca gardening feature
- Also called: feature story a prominent story in a newspaper, etca feature on prison reform
- a programme given special prominence on radio or television as indicated by attendant publicity
- an article offered for sale as a special attraction, as in a large retail establishment
- archaic general form or make-up
- linguistics a quality of a linguistic unit at some level of descriptiongrammatical feature; semantic feature
- (tr) to have as a feature or make a feature of
- to give prominence to (an actor, famous event, etc) in a film or (of an actor, etc) to have prominence in a film
- (tr) US informal to imagine; considerI can't feature that happening
Word Origin and History for features
"parts of the visible body" (especially the face), c.1300, from feature (n.).
early 14c., "make, form, fashion," from Anglo-French feture, from Old French faiture "deed, action; fashion, shape, form; countenance," from Latin factura "a formation, a working," from past participle stem of facere "make, do, perform" (see factitious). Sense of "facial characteristic" is mid-14c.; that of "any distinctive part" first recorded 1690s. Entertainment sense is from 1801; in journalism by 1855. Meaning "a feature film" is from 1913.
1755, "to resemble," from feature (n.). The sense of "make special display or attraction of" is 1888; entertainment sense from 1897. Related: Featured; featuring.