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.
Archaic. make, form, or shape.
verb (used with object), featured, featuring.
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), featured, featuring.
to play a major part.

1350–1400; 1905–10 for def 3; Middle English feture < Anglo-French, Middle French faiture < Latin factūra a making. See fact, -ure

transfeature, verb (used with object), transfeatured, transfeaturing.
underfeature, noun

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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feature (ˈfiːtʃə)
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, etc: a gardening feature
5.  Also called: feature story a prominent story in a newspaper, etc: a 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 description: grammatical feature; semantic feature
10.  (tr) to have as a feature or make a feature of
11.  to give prominence to (an actor, famous event, etc) in a film or (of an actor, etc) to have prominence in a film
12.  informal (US) (tr) to imagine; consider: I can't feature that happening
[C14: from Anglo-French feture, from Latin factūra a making, from facere to make]

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., from Anglo-Fr. feture, from O.Fr. faiture "fashion, shape, form," from L. factura "a formation, a working," from pp. stem of facere "make, do, perform" (see factitious). Sense of "facial characteristic" is mid-14c.; that of "any distinctive part" first recorded
1690s. The verb sense of "make special display or attraction of" is 1888. Related: Featured; features; featuring.
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