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noun vis·age \ˈvi-zij\

Definition of visage

  1. 1 :  the face, countenance, or appearance of a person or sometimes an animal

  2. 2 :  aspect, appearance the grimy visage of a mining town

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Examples of visage in a sentence

  1. an old man with a noticeably happy visage

  2. visitors to the mountain range had long noted that the natural rock formation bore a striking resemblance to the visage of a man

Did You Know?

The word face may be a pretty generic word, but it has several high-flown synonyms. "Physiognomy," for instance, refers to facial features thought to reveal qualities of temperament or character ("I thought I could detect in his physiognomy a mind owning better qualities than his father ever possessed. . . ." - Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights). "Countenance" is often used to refer to the face as an indication of mood or emotion ("Mina struggled hard to keep her brave countenance. . . ." - Bram Stoker, Dracula). "Visage" can refer to the face of a person or an animal, and it can also refer to the appearance of nonliving things, as in "the dirty visage of the old abandoned factory."

Origin and Etymology of visage

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from vis face, from Latin visus sight, from vidēre to see — more at wit


First Known Use: 14th century


VISAGE Defined for English Language Learners

visage

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noun vis·age \ˈvi-zij\

Definition of visage for English Language Learners

  • : a person's face


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