Pronunciation Noun


  1. (countable, uncountable) Demeanor; facial expression or attitude, especially one which is intended by its bearer.
    • 1856, Joseph Turnley, The Language of the Eye, p. 111:
      Beauty, like all divine gifts, is everywhere to be seen by the eye of the faithful admirer of nature; and, like all spirits, she is scarcely to be described by words. Her countenance and mien, her path, her hue and carriage, often surpass expression, and soothe the enthusiast into reverie and silence.
    • 2015, Siobhan Roberts, John Horton Conway: the world’s most charismatic mathematician ↗, in: The Guardian, July 23rd 2015
      Although still young at heart and head, he looks more and more like his old friend Archimedes, increasingly bearded and increasingly grey, with an otherworldly mien – a look that should earn him a spot in the online quiz featuring portraits of frumpy old men under the rubric “Prof or Hobo?”
  2. (countable) A specific facial expression.
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  1. A group of related languages spoken by the Yao people.

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