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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: feture 'shape, form', from Latin facere 'to do, make'

feature

1 noun
     
Related topics: Film, Newspapers, Publishing
fea‧ture1 S2 W1 [countable]
1 a 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.
common feature
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.
2TCN a piece of writing about a subject in a newspaper or a magazine, or a special report on television or on the radio
feature on
a feature on holidaying with your dog
3 [usually plural] 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.
5AMF a 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)

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