[ ik-spresh-uhn ]
/ ɪkˈsprɛʃ ən /


Nearby words

  1. express rifle,
  2. express warranty,
  3. expressage,
  4. expressed almond oil,
  5. expressed skull fracture,
  6. expression mark,
  7. expression vector,
  8. expressionism,
  9. expressionist,
  10. expressionless

Origin of expression

1425–75; late Middle English < Latin expressiōn- (stem of expressiō) a pressing out. See express, -ion

SYNONYMS FOR expression
1. utterance, declaration, assertion, statement. 2. term, idiom. See phrase. 3. language, diction, phraseology. 5. manifestation, sign. 6. aspect, air.

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for expression


/ (ɪkˈsprɛʃən) /


Derived Formsexpressional, adjectiveexpressionless, adjectiveexpressionlessly, adverb

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Word Origin and History for expression



early 15c., "action of pressing out;" later (mid-15c.) "action of manifesting a feeling;" (late 15c.) "a putting into words," from Middle French expression (14c.), from Late Latin expressionem (nominative expressio), noun of action from past participle stem of exprimere (see express (v.)). Meaning "an action or creation that expresses feelings" is from 1620s. Of the face, from 1774. Occasionally the word also was used literally, for "the action of squeezing out."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for expression


[ ĭk-sprĕshən ]


The act of pressing or squeezing out.
The outward manifestation of a mood or disposition by mobility of the facial features; facies.
The phenotype manifested by a genotype under fixed environmental conditions.

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