From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishfeaturefea‧ture1 /ˈfiːtʃə $ -ər/ ●●● S2 W1 AWL noun [countable] 1 PARTa part of something that you notice because it seems important, interesting, or typical Air bags are a standard feature in most new cars.feature of An important feature of Van Gogh’s paintings is their bright colours. Striped tails are a common feature of many animals. The hotel’s only redeeming features (=things that make it acceptable) were that it was cheap and near the city centre.main/important/significant etc feature The most distinctive feature of the dinosaurs was their size. One of the distinguishing features (=features that are different from other things of the same sort) of modern banking is its dependence on computers.2 TCNa piece of writing about a subject in a newspaper or a magazine, or a special report on television or on the radiofeature on a feature on holidaying with your dog3 [usually plural]PART a part of someone’s face, such as their eyes, nose etc He had fine delicate features. Her eyes were her best feature.4 a part of the land, especially a part that you can see Hedges are an important feature of the landscape in Britain.5 AMFa film being shown at a cinema There were a couple of short cartoons before the main feature.double feature (=when two films are shown together)COLLOCATIONSADJECTIVES/NOUN + featurea common featurePine trees are a common feature of the Swedish landscape.a striking feature (=an unusual or interesting feature)Her long blonde hair is her most striking feature.a distinguishing feature (=one that makes something different from others of the same type)A long beak is one of the bird’s distinguishing features.a unique feature (=a feature which only one thing has)A unique feature of this guitar is its shape.an unusual featureThe church’s most unusual feature is this window.a standard feature (=a normal or usual feature)Airbags are now a standard feature on most cars.a regular feature (=one that happens often or a lot)Delays and cancellations are a regular feature of air travel.a recurring feature (=one that happens again and again)Humour is a recurring feature of her novels.an important featureThe final-year project is an important feature of all undergraduate courses.a significant feature (=one that has an important effect)Bad weather was a significant feature in the accident.a central feature (=an important feature)Cultural diversity is a central feature of modern British society.a key feature (=a very important or necessary feature)Private ownership is a key feature of capitalism.the main featureThe main feature of the square is the Gothic cathedral.an attractive featureThe house had many attractive features, notably the large garden.a design feature (=a detail of the way something has been designed)The building incorporates many interesting design features.a safety featureThe car has more safety features than its rivals in the same price range.a redeeming feature (=one that makes something acceptable)The hotel’s only redeeming feature was its view of the bay
Examples from the Corpusfeature• In 1946 he sent her to Paris as a feature writer for his many publications.• That would justify the presence of horses on the frieze, since cavalry competitions were a feature of funerals for heroes.• The hotel's most attractive feature is its magnificent view of Mount Hood.• Her eyes are her best feature.• Information on employment is a central feature of this training course.• We shall also look at certain features of the learning environment of the departments which are of particular interest.• Despite their apparent diversity, most of these practices have certain features in common.• Window design is also a characteristic feature of Gothic architecture.• On the contrary, features and limbs are perceived in isolation without relation, as fragments rather than as part of a totality.• He had a small face with delicate features.• Federalism remains a very important feature of American politics.• Learning about landscape design, you know - using natural features, hills or rivers or whatever - and improving on it.• Other features include reviews, gardening news and links to assorted gardening magazines.• Patriotism was a prominent feature in Bush's election campaign.• Are there any special features about the way Ireland trains its teachers?• One of the features of auto-immune diseases is that they are often genetically similar.distinguishing features• Breeding in captivity is eminently possible, although distinguishing features between the sexes are limited.• In some examples it was thought necessary to highlight important distinguishing features with arrows or emphatic shading.• You know, to put on my passport where it says any scars or distinguishing features.• This is unlikely to produce anything more than a slight increase in vaginal discharge which has no particular distinguishing features.• Great Wits and Madness Among its several distinguishing features the human mind has two that most clearly define its uniqueness.• It has a completely unique quality and is obviously one of the distinguishing features of our century.• One of the distinguishing features of modern international banking is its cross-border banking aspect.• This halberdier wears the blue and white uniform of the city with distinguishing features in red.feature on• Ferriss won an award for her feature on the children of migrant farmworkers.feature of the landscape• Negro servants hunting for their masters were a feature of the landscape that night.• Whatever its benefits, a beaver lake is a conspicuous and characteristic feature of the landscape.double feature• People came anticipating a double feature.• I had thought about taking in a movie, maybe even a double feature.• The sort of place that still does double features, which it was doing that bright sunny afternoon.• The Plaza Theater is showing a classic science fiction double feature.• Admission is charged for the double feature.