- air, bearing, or demeanor, as showing character, feeling, etc.: a man of noble mien.
Origin of mien
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Examples from the Web for mien
As if instead of reading lullabies, Palestinians read their kids Mien Kempf.No, Most Palestinians Aren't Anti-Semites
May 9, 2013
He desisted at last and looked back at us with a mien of anger.The Bacillus of Beauty
Kirkwood turned to meet her onslaught with a mien grave, determined, unflinching.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
He was a good stout knight, but sorrowful of face and downcast of mien.The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
And yet he stood in awe of that Virgin, so like a princess in her mien.Abbe Mouret's Transgression
Like the spectators at the time, we cannot pity Socrates; his mien and his language are so noble and fearless.Phaedo
- literary a person's manner, bearing, or appearance, expressing personality or mooda noble mien
Word Origin and History for mien
"facial expression," 1510s, probably a shortening of Middle English demean "bearing, demeanor" (see demeanor) and influenced by Middle French mine "appearance, facial expression," which is of unknown origin, possibly Celtic (cf. Breton min "beak, muzzle, nose," Irish men "mouth").