feat mid-14c., "action, deeds," from Anglo-Fr. fet, from O.Fr. fait (12c.) "action, deed, achievement," from L. factum "thing done," a noun based on the pp. of facere "make, do" (see FACTITIOUS (Cf. factitious)). Sense of "exceptional or noble deed" arose c.1400 from phrase feat of arms (Fr. fait d'armes).

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  • Feat — Feat, v. t. To form; to fashion. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] To the more mature, A glass that feated them. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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