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  1. a prominent or conspicuous part or characteristic: Tall buildings were a new feature on the skyline.
  2. something offered as a special attraction: This model has several added features.
  3. Also called feature film. the main motion picture in a movie program: What time is the feature?
  4. any part of the face, as the nose, chin, or eyes: prominent features.
  5. features, the face; countenance: to compose one's features for the photographers.
  6. the form or cast of the face: delicate of feature.
  7. a column, cartoon, etc., appearing regularly in a newspaper or magazine.
  8. feature story.
  9. Archaic. make, form, or shape.
verb (used with object), fea·tured, fea·tur·ing.
  1. to be a feature or distinctive mark of: It was industrial expansion that featured the last century.
  2. to make a feature of; give prominence to: to feature a story or picture in a newspaper.
  3. to delineate the main characteristics of; depict; outline.
  4. Informal. to conceive of; imagine; fancy: He couldn't quite feature himself as a bank president.
  5. Older Use. to resemble in features; favor.
verb (used without object), fea·tured, fea·tur·ing.
  1. to play a major part.

Origin of feature

1350–1400; 1905–10 for def 3; Middle English feture < Anglo-French, Middle French faiture < Latin factūra a making. See fact, -ure
Related formstrans·fea·ture, verb (used with object), trans·fea·tured, trans·fea·tur·ing.un·der·fea·ture, noun

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1. Feature, characteristic, peculiarity refer to a distinctive trait of an individual or of a class. Feature suggests an outstanding or marked property that attracts attention: Complete harmony was a feature of the convention. Characteristic means a distinguishing mark or quality (or one of such) always associated in one's mind with a particular person or thing: Defiance is one of his characteristics. Peculiarity means that distinct or unusual characteristic that marks off an individual in the class to which he, she, or it belongs: A blue-black tongue is a peculiarity of the chow chow.
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  1. any one of the parts of the face, such as the nose, chin, or mouth
  2. a prominent or distinctive part or aspect, as of a landscape, building, book, etc
  3. the principal film in a programme at a cinema
  4. an item or article appearing regularly in a newspaper, magazine, etca gardening feature
  5. Also called: feature story a prominent story in a newspaper, etca feature on prison reform
  6. a programme given special prominence on radio or television as indicated by attendant publicity
  7. an article offered for sale as a special attraction, as in a large retail establishment
  8. archaic general form or make-up
  9. linguistics a quality of a linguistic unit at some level of descriptiongrammatical feature; semantic feature
  1. (tr) to have as a feature or make a feature of
  2. to give prominence to (an actor, famous event, etc) in a film or (of an actor, etc) to have prominence in a film
  3. (tr) US informal to imagine; considerI can't feature that happening

Word Origin for feature

C14: from Anglo-French feture, from Latin factūra a making, from facere to make
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Word Origin and History for feature

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.

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