mien

noun
\ ˈmēn \

Definition of mien 

1 : air (see air entry 1 sense 4c) or bearing especially as expressive of attitude or personality : demeanor of aristocratic mien of somber mien the mien of a choirboy

2 : appearance, aspect dresses of formal mien

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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

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Like its synonyms bearing and demeanor, mien means the outward manifestation of personality or attitude. Bearing is the most general, but now usually implies characteristic posture, as in "a woman of regal bearing." Demeanor suggests attitude expressed through outward behavior in the presence of others; for example, "the manager's professional demeanor." Mien is a somewhat literary term referring to both bearing and demeanor. "A mien of supreme self-satisfaction" is a typical use. Mien and demeanor are also linked through etymology. Mien arose through the shortening and alteration of the verb demean, which comes from Latin mener ("to lead") and is also the root of demeanor. In this case, demean means "to conduct or behave (oneself) usually in a proper manner," not "to degrade." That other demean is a distinct word with a different etymology.

Examples of mien in a Sentence

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

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Reed affects a deliciously innocent mien after Deirdre’s jabs — as if her character hadn’t planned exactly which nerve to hit. Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle, "Family is a miracle in SHN’s ‘The Humans’," 7 June 2018 And yet the key takeaway from New England’s dominant run is not Brady’s greatness, or Belichick’s grouchy mien, but this: everyone is replaceable. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Shock Claim: Bill Belichick Not Barrel of Laughs," 3 June 2018 Alex Page, salon owner and paralegal and recreational slayer of lionfish, sits on the midships gear locker with the peaceful mien of a man on his third morning at the spa. Ben Lowy, Smithsonian, "The Lionfish Have Invaded, But a Ragtag Army of Divers and Chefs Are Fighting Back," 23 May 2018 That approach yields eminently appealing sports cars, but the same treatment can leave models with a more luxurious mien feeling imbalanced. Steve Siler, Car and Driver, "2017 Porsche Panamera 4S," 16 Mar. 2018 Bolton has a famously hawkish mien, and a very dim and oft-stated view of the North Koreans’ honesty and the prospects for peace. Abigail Tracy, The Hive, "“A Dog Whistle to the North Koreans”: Will Trump’s Ignorance (and Bolton’s Impetuousness) Doom the North Korea Summit?," 4 May 2018 Trager’s Preysing shows us the glowering man of appetites suppressed beneath the successful-man-of-business mien. Kerry Reid, chicagotribune.com, "Kokandy stages a jazzy, grand musical farewell in the Berlin-set 'Grand Hotel'," 24 Apr. 2018 View 19 Photos This might matter less if the TourX had a decidedly sportier mien. James Lipman, Car and Driver, "2018 Buick Regal TourX," 19 Mar. 2018 Players all maintained a noble mien, but gave each phrase a life elaborately shaped. Peter Dobrin, Philly.com, "Elias String Quartet and Jonathan Biss: Happiness on a high plane," 22 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of mien

circa 1522, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mien

by shortening & alteration from demean entry 1

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mien

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mien

: a person's appearance or facial expression

mien

noun
\ ˈmēn \

Kids Definition of mien

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

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