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Definition of visage

1 : the face, countenance, or appearance of a person or sometimes an animal
2 : aspect, appearance the grimy visage of a mining town

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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."

Examples of visage in a Sentence

an old man with a noticeably happy visage visitors to the mountain range had long noted that the natural rock formation bore a striking resemblance to the visage of a man
Recent Examples on the Web These include a cooperation with 1,000 visages, an association providing training programs and access to jobs in the creative industry for youth from underprivileged backgrounds. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, "Netflix Unveils Paris Office, New French Originals," 17 Jan. 2020 His visage, a blonde, blue-eyed white guy blinking incredulously, has become the go-to GIF meme for anyone who’s looking to show surprise or disbelief. Cady Lang, Time, "The Man Behind the Blinking Guy Meme Has Something to Say," 23 Sep. 2019 His new work features the Dallas skyline with some of its historic landmarks above the officers’ visages. Cassandra Jaramillo, Dallas News, "'Just so amazing': New Dallas police memorial honors 5 fallen officers from July 7 ambush," 8 July 2019 Nominate Becoming this intimate with the actor’s visage was an occupational hazard for Williams, a visual-effects supervisor for Gemini Man, Ang Lee’s sci-fi thriller about a retiring hitman battling his younger clone. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "The Irishman, Gemini Man, and the Rise of De-aging," 6 Dec. 2019 Everest’s wide, grinning visage calls to mind Toothless the dragon. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Abominable’ surprises and delights despite familiarity of journey," 25 Sep. 2019 The reason: said company has developed a humanoid robot that is nearing completion, but still in need of the right visage. Peter Holley, Washington Post, "Wanted: 'Friendly’ human face for global army of humanoid robots. Apply within.," 24 Oct. 2019 Her visage was a symbol of what had taken place over the last month in France. Ann Killion,, "Greatest version of greatest women’s team ever: US wins fourth World Cup," 7 July 2019 Flanagan smartly recasts the roles originally played by Danny Lloyd and Shelley Duvall, respectively, instead of employing digital trickery to recreate their 1980 visages. John Wenzel, The Know, "Review: “Doctor Sleep” melds King, Kubrick’s dark visions into an alluring nightmare," 8 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of visage

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for visage

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

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20 Feb 2020

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“Visage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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literary : a person's face

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