Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[meen] /min/
air, bearing, or demeanor, as showing character, feeling, etc.:
a man of noble mien.
Origin of mien
1505-15; probably aphetic variant of obsolete demean bearing, demean2; spelled with -ie- to distinguish it from mean2
Can be confused
mean, mien.
appearance, look; carriage. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for mien
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • There was one in the pavilion, of a mien and assurance the past night, that might delude an angel.

  • She wore no longer, at that second, the mien of a nun of household service.

    The Blue Wall Richard Washburn Child
  • In garb and mien he was a fine type of the American gentleman who is marked by a touch of the old school.

    The Landloper Holman Day
  • There was an intellectual grandeur in her look and mien that was impressive.

    Mizora: A Prophecy Mary E. Bradley
  • She was one of the house; this had nothing overpowering for her, if it did give some of the pride to her mien.

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
  • And the man, with the mien of a cock, threw out his chest and strutted on.

    A Book Without A Title George Jean Nathan
  • The Frisco kid merely presented the mien of a stoic to the appeal of Benson, and in silence dragged away at one of his arms.

  • Once out of her sight, though, he flung from him his mien of absorption.

    Sundry Accounts Irvin S. Cobb
  • His voice, his look, his mien, betrayed that an ever-living woe encompassed him with gloom.

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
British Dictionary definitions for mien


(literary) a person's manner, bearing, or appearance, expressing personality or mood: a noble mien
Word Origin
C16: probably variant of obsolete demean appearance; related to French mine aspect
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Contemporary definitions for mien

appearance, bearing; manner

Word Origin

shortening and alteration of demean's 21st Century Lexicon
Copyright © 2003-2014, LLC
Cite This Source
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").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for mien

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for mien

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for mien