distinctive featuredistinctive feature
- An example of a distinctive feature is striking blue eyes.
- An example of a distinctive feature is an easy-to-use computer operating system.
Distinctive feature is defined as something unique or different that sets someone or something apart from the rest.
Linguis. any of the set of phonetic characteristics that, when variously grouped together, distinguish one phoneme from another: the bundle of distinctive features for the phoneme /m/ includes [+ consonant] and [+ nasal], while the one for the phoneme /p/ includes [+ consonant] and [- nasal]