from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of the distinct parts of the face, as the eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • n. The overall appearance of the face or its parts. Often used in the plural.
  • n. A prominent or distinctive aspect, quality, or characteristic: a feature of one's personality; a feature of the landscape.
  • n. Linguistics A property of linguistic units or forms: Nasality is a phonological feature.
  • n. Linguistics In generative linguistics, any of various abstract entities that combine to specify underlying phonological, morphological, semantic, and syntactic properties of linguistic forms and that act as the targets of linguistic rules and operations.
  • n. The main film presentation at a theater.
  • n. A full-length film.
  • n. A special attraction at an entertainment.
  • n. A prominent or special article, story, or department in a newspaper or periodical.
  • n. An item advertised or offered as particularly attractive or as an inducement: a washing machine with many features.
  • n. Archaic Outward appearance; form or shape.
  • n. Archaic Physical beauty.
  • transitive v. To give special attention to; display, publicize, or make prominent.
  • transitive v. To have or include as a prominent part or characteristic: The play featured two well-known actors.
  • transitive v. To depict or outline the features of.
  • transitive v. Informal To picture mentally; imagine: Can you feature her in that hat?

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One's structure or make-up; form, shape, bodily proportions.
  • n. An important or main item.
  • n. A long, prominent, article or item in the media, or the department that creates them; frequently used technically to distinguish content from news.
  • n. Any of the physical constituents of the face (eyes, nose, etc.).
  • n. A beneficial capability of a piece of software.
  • n. The cast or structure of anything, or of any part of a thing, as of a landscape, a picture, a treaty, or an essay; any marked peculiarity or characteristic; as, one of the features of the landscape.
  • n. Something discerned from physical evidence that helps define, identify, characterize, and interpret an archeological site.
  • n. Characteristic forms or shapes of a part. For example, a hole, boss, slot, cut, chamfer, or fillet.
  • v. To ascribe the greatest importance to something within a certain context.
  • v. To star, to contain.
  • v. to appear; to make an appearance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The make, form, or outward appearance of a person; the whole turn or style of the body; esp., good appearance.
  • n. The make, cast, or appearance of the human face, and especially of any single part of the face; a lineament. (pl.) The face, the countenance.
  • n. The cast or structure of anything, or of any part of a thing, as of a landscape, a picture, a treaty, or an essay; any marked peculiarity or characteristic.
  • n. A form; a shape.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To have features resembling; look like; favor.
  • To make a feature or special attraction of; display or mention prominently; give prominence to: as, A B is featured at the Academy as Othello.
  • n. Make; formation; form; shape: usually with reference to the physical frame.
  • n. A concrete form or appearance; an apparition.
  • n. The form or cast of any part of the face; any single lineament: in the plural, the face or countenance, considered with reference to all its parts.
  • n. The conformation or appearance of any part of a thing; a distinct part or characteristic of anything: as, the principal features of a treaty.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. wear or display in an ostentatious or proud manner
  • v. have as a feature
  • n. an article of merchandise that is displayed or advertised more than other articles
  • n. a prominent attribute or aspect of something
  • n. the principal (full-length) film in a program at a movie theater
  • n. the characteristic parts of a person's face: eyes and nose and mouth and chin
  • n. (linguistics) a distinctive characteristic of a linguistic unit that serves to distinguish it from other units of the same kind
  • n. a special or prominent article in a newspaper or magazine


Middle English feture, from Old French faiture, from Latin factūra, a working or making, from factus, past participle of facere, to make, do; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman feture, from Old French faiture, from Latin factura. (Wiktionary)



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