- 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.
verb (used with object), fea·tured, fea·tur·ing.
- 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.
verb (used without object), fea·tured, fea·tur·ing.
- to play a major part.
- 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
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.