Definition of feature in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfiːtʃə/


1A distinctive attribute or aspect of something: a well-appointed house with interesting decorative features one salient feature of the case has been overlooked
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  • Standard safety features include dual stage driver and passenger air bags and active front head restraints.
  • They would restore the familiar and now beloved silhouette to the skyline, but would have different detailing and updated safety features.
  • A host of safety features, including 10 airbags, are also incorporated.
aspect, facet, side, point, detail, factor, ingredient, component, constituent, element, theme;
peculiarity, idiosyncrasy, quirk, oddity
1.1 (usually features) A part of the face, such as the mouth or eyes, making a significant contribution to its overall appearance: a dark-haired man with strong, regular features
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  • Those who had any flaws in their facial features, waists, necks, shoulders or backs had to leave.
  • His mouth and facial features were twisted into a look of horror.
  • He had medium-length blonde hair, strong features, striking grey eyes.
informal mug, kisser, clock
British informal mush, phiz, phizog, dial
British rhyming slang boat race
Scottish & Irish informal coupon
Northern Irish informal bake
North American informal puss, pan
literary visage, lineaments
archaic front
1.2 Linguistics A distinctive characteristic of a linguistic unit, especially a speech sound or vocabulary item, that serves to distinguish it from others of the same type.
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  • Over time the status of linguistic features can change strikingly, too.
  • Linguists and language teachers often take account of the frequency of occurrence of linguistic items and features.
  • For my part, therefore, I am inclined to see features of both monosemy and polysemy in a word's semantic structure.
2A newspaper or magazine article or a broadcast programme devoted to the treatment of a particular topic, typically at length: a special feature on children’s reference books
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  • Her commercial work includes newspaper and magazine features and book covers.
  • To mark the launch, the BBC Nairobi team will be broadcasting special features and interviews live from Kisumu during the week.
  • There are supplements in newspapers and features on television programmes.
article, piece, item, report, story, column, review, commentary, criticism, analysis, write-up, exposé;
North American  theme
2.1 (also feature film) A full-length film intended as the main item in a cinema programme.
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  • The film took nearly five years to move from the first pages of a script to a full-length feature film.
  • There's no explanation there for what it is, though, and I was hoping it might turn out to be a short film, a feature film, even.
  • The film at times looks not like a feature film but like a commercial.


[with object]
1Have as a prominent attribute or aspect: the hotel features a large lounge, a sauna, and a coin-operated solarium
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  • In New York, several new hotels feature works by prominent artists.
  • All of these editions feature introductions by prominent gay writers who reflect on the impact the books had on them.
  • Twenty years later, his house at Soham would feature a prominent framed picture of a jet fighter on a wall of the living room.
present, promote, make a feature of, give prominence to, focus attention on, call attention to, spotlight, highlight, accent
1.1Have as an important actor or participant: the film featured Glenn Miller and his Orchestra
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  • Kung-fu has become popular in many countries, primarily through films which feature martial arts stars.
  • It's a tough thing to try to do, seeing as any indie film is going to feature cool stars, cool music and a cool aesthetic.
  • And it'll also save the advertisers money, since they'll be able to feature a film star and cricketer rolled into one.
1.2 [no object] (feature in) Be a significant characteristic of or take an important part in: his later paintings feature prominently in the exhibition
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  • All these subjects have much in common and might be grouped together as important features in a wildlife garden.
  • Despite her personal life having often featured in the tabloid newspapers, she felt there was still an important story to tell.
  • Here is a run-down on their qualities and, more importantly, their chances of featuring in the tournament.
star, appear, participate, play a part, have a place, have prominence


Late Middle English (originally denoting the form or proportions of the body, or a physical feature): from Old French faiture 'form', from Latin factura (see facture).

  • factory from late 16th century:

    The first factories were far from any urban area, in India and southeast Asia. A factory in the late 16th century was a trading company's foreign base or station. The first use of the word in something like the modern sense came in the early 17th century, but until the Victorian era a building where goods were produced was more usually called a manufactory. The root of factory is Latin facere ‘to make or do’, the source of a great many English words such as fact, factor, feat, and feature (all LME). The sense ‘a place where things are made’ probably came from Latin factorium ‘oil press’.

Words that rhyme with feature

bleacher, creature, headteacher, Katowice, Nietzsche, preacher, screecher, teacher

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