feature (n.)

early 14c., "make, form, fashion" (obsolete), from Anglo-French feture, from Old French faiture "deed, action; fashion, shape, form; countenance," from Latin factura "a formation, a working," from past participle stem of facere "make, do, perform" (from PIE root *dhe- "to set, put").

Sense of "facial characteristic" is mid-14c.; that of "any distinctive part" first recorded 1690s. Entertainment sense is from 1801; in journalism by 1855. Meaning "a feature film" is from 1913. Latin factura also is the source of Spanish hechura, Portuguese feitura, Italian fattura.

feature (v.)

1755, "to resemble, have features resembling," from feature (n.). The sense of "make special display or attraction of" is 1888; entertainment sense from 1897. Related: Featured; featuring.

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Definitions of feature from WordNet
feature (n.)
a prominent attribute or aspect of something;
the map showed roads and other features
Synonyms: characteristic
feature (n.)
the characteristic parts of a person's face: eyes and nose and mouth and chin;
an expression of pleasure crossed his features
Synonyms: lineament
feature (n.)
the principal (full-length) film in a program at a movie theater;
the feature tonight is `Casablanca'
Synonyms: feature film
feature (n.)
a special or prominent article in a newspaper or magazine;
they ran a feature on retirement planning
Synonyms: feature article
feature (n.)
(linguistics) a distinctive characteristic of a linguistic unit that serves to distinguish it from other units of the same kind;
Synonyms: feature of speech
feature (n.)
an article of merchandise that is displayed or advertised more than other articles;
feature (v.)
have as a feature;
This restaurant features the most famous chefs in France
Synonyms: have
feature (v.)
wear or display in an ostentatious or proud manner;
Synonyms: sport / boast