Is the adjective attested?--Brett 17:15, 10 February 2009 (UTC)
- Several references: one here, one here, one here. All three of these references are prominent online dictionaries and all three of them have specific entries for the adjective tense of this word. Cheers, Razorflame 17:25, 10 February 2009 (UTC)
- I can also confirm it exist (OED). Yotcmdr 17:25, 10 February 2009 (UTC)
Again, feature is in the OED, but featured as an adjective isn't. The online dictionaries have two senses: one is clearly a past participle (i.e., given prominence), not an adjective. The other (i.e., having a particular kind of features) is part of an adjective, but cannot stand alone. Something is fine-featured but it isn't simply featured (in this sense of the word.)--Brett 17:42, 10 February 2009 (UTC)
- (from the OED)
1. Fashioned, formed, shaped. Usually preceded by adv. of manner, as evil, fair, fine, ill, well featured, for which see those words. Obs.
c1500 Three Kings Sons 111 They were passing well fetured. c1540 J. HEYWOOD Four P.P. in Hazl. Dodsley I. 376 O prince of hell! Feutred in fashion abhominable. 1543 GRAFTON Contn. Harding 468 Richard duke of Gloucestre..was..euill feautered of lymmes. 1575 LANEHAM Let. (1871) 51 The rich ring..without the fayr feawtered fiynger, iz nothing. 1627 HAKEWILL Apol. I. iii. §3. 32 Horses better featured..then now. 1633 BP. HALL Hard Texts 279 Thy nose..is..featured like some curious Turret.
- b. Well-formed; comely, beautiful. Obs.
1567 TURBERV. Ovid's Epist. 10, I at natures hand no featurde face could gaine. 1587 Trag. T. (1837) 63 Their feitured limmes bedeckt. 1602 WARNER Alb. Eng. X. lix. (1612) 257 Love-worth Maacha..baire To Dauid featred Absalom. 1774 LANGHORNE Country Justice I. 123 In the free Eye, the featur'd Soul display'd, Honour's strong Beam.
- 2. a. Shaped into features. b. Expressed by features or external form.
1742 YOUNG Nt. Th. ix. 70 The well-stain'd canvas, or the featur'd stone. a1779 LANGHORNE Studley Park Poems (Chalmers) 418 Let..From Jones's hand the featur'd marble glow. 1794 MATHIAS Purs. Lit. (1798) 349 Each strange form in motley masquerade, Featur'd grimace, and impudence pourtray'd. 1841 HOR. SMITH Moneyed Man III. ii. 50 Her smile was a featured sunbeam. 1850 LYNCH Theo. Trin. xii. 231 Our earth, the featured Definite Has meanings all divine.
- 3. Furnished with or having features of a certain cast, usually preceded by some qualifying word.
1790 PENNANT London (1813) 302 Angelic faces..featured with impudence. a1759 GOLDSM. Voltaire Wks. 1881 IV. 43 The Marquis d'Argent was graceful in person, regularly featured. 1850 E. ELLIOTT More Verse & Prose I. 18 Who is that small Napoleon-featur'd pleader? 1861 W. F. COLLIER Hist. Eng. Lit. 405 That hard-featured..old forester.
ADDITIONS SERIES 1993
- featured, ppl. a.
- Add: 4. Made a feature or special attraction (in a play, film, etc.).
1897 [see FEATURE v. 4 b]. 1928 Amer. Speech III. 23 The actor who is cast for ‘star’ or ‘featured’ parts. 1974 Anderson (S. Carolina) Independent 23 Apr. 2 B/8 The featured performer..at a conference on the future of the Appalachian Mountain region. 1986 Globe & Mail (Toronto) 30 Jan. D6/4 The featured artists were Paula Robison, flute; James Campbell, clarinet. Yotcmdr 17:54, 10 February 2009 (UTC)
- Notice that the entry is for ppl. a. This is a participle.--Brett 18:27, 10 February 2009 (UTC)
- Brett, you said to me earlier that a word can be an adjective if it can become the word that is the adjective. In this case, something can indeed become featured. Look at the featured articles over on the English Wikipedia; they can become featured, so why isn't featured an acceptable adjective? Cheers, Razorflame 17:52, 10 February 2009 (UTC)
- For me, they can't "become featured" (though they can become featured articles). My own idiolect really doesn't matter though. When I search the Corpus of Current American English and the British National Corpus, I find no instances of "become/became/becoming/becomes featured". It's out there on the web though...--Brett 18:27, 10 February 2009 (UTC)