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[viz-ij] /ˈvɪz ɪdʒ/
the face, usually with reference to shape, features, expression, etc.; countenance.
aspect; appearance.
Origin of visage
1250-1300; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French, equivalent to vis face (< Latin vīsum sight, appearance (Vulgar Latin: face), noun use of neuter past participle of vidēre to see) + -age -age
Related forms
visaged, adjective
1. physiognomy, image. See face. Unabridged
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  • But the duskier it grew, the more did Pluto's visage assume an air of satisfaction.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • He sees, like Desdemona, her "visage in her mind," or her affections.

  • The visage of Imogen, ever present to his soul, suggested these salutary reflections.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • His visage was meagre, his hair lank and thin, and his voice hollow.

    The Republic Plato
  • But the city of that night wore a visage new and strange to her, and terrifying.

    Nobody Louis Joseph Vance
  • Respondent's visage questionable, however,—too dirty, and too happy.

  • His visage was covered with sweat; his pupils were full of red lights.


    Stephen French Whitman
  • In its passage to freedom his mother's soul had stamped her visage with its state.

    The Genius

    Margaret Horton Potter
  • When he looked upon him he had the visage of Peboan, the icy old Winter-Spirit.

    The Indian Fairy Book Cornelius Mathews
British Dictionary definitions for visage


noun (mainly literary)
face or countenance
appearance; aspect
Word Origin
C13: from Old French: aspect, from vis face, from Latin vīsus appearance, from vidēre to see
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Word Origin and History for visage

c.1300, from Old French visage, from vis "face, appearance," from Latin visus "a look, vision," from past participle stem of videre "to see" (see vision). Visagiste "make-up artist" is recorded from 1958, from French.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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