noun \ˈmēn\

: a person's appearance or facial expression

Full Definition of MIEN

:  air or bearing especially as expressive of attitude or personality :  demeanor <of aristocratic mien>
:  appearance, aspect <dresses of formal mien>

Examples of MIEN

  1. He has the mien of an ancient warrior.
  2. <the stern mien of the librarian suggested that she was not one to put up with any nonsense>

Origin of MIEN

by shortening & alteration from 1demean
First Known Use: 1522

Synonym Discussion of MIEN

bearing, deportment, demeanor, mien, manner, carriage mean the outward manifestation of personality or attitude. bearing is the most general of these words but now usually implies characteristic posture <a woman of regal bearing>. deportment suggests actions or behavior as formed by breeding or training <your deportment was atrocious>. demeanor suggests one's attitude toward others as expressed in outward behavior <the haughty demeanor of the headwaiter>. mien is a literary term referring both to bearing and demeanor <a mien of supreme self-satisfaction>. manner implies characteristic or customary way of moving and gesturing and addressing others <the imperious manner of a man used to giving orders>. carriage applies chiefly to habitual posture in standing or walking <the kind of carriage learned at boarding school>.
MIEN Defined for Kids


noun \ˈmēn\

Definition of MIEN for Kids

:  a person's appearance or way of acting that shows mood or personality


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