having a specified kind of face or number of faces (usually used in combination): a sweet-faced child; the two-faced god.

Nearby words

  1. face-saving,
  2. face-to-face,
  3. facebar,
  4. facebook,
  5. facecloth,
  6. facedown,
  7. faceless,
  8. facelift,
  9. facemail,
  10. facepalm

Origin of faced

First recorded in 1490–1500; face + -ed3

Related formsmul·ti·faced, adjective




the front part of the head, from the forehead to the chin.
a look or expression on this part: a sad face.
an expression or look that indicates ridicule, disgust, etc.; grimace: The child put on a face when told to go to bed.
cosmetics; makeup: Excuse me while I go to the powder room to put on my face.
impudence; boldness: to have the face to ask such a rude question.
outward appearance: These are just old problems with new faces. The future presented a fair face to the fortunate youth.
outward show or pretense, especially as a means of preserving one's dignity or of concealing a detrimental fact, condition, etc.: Though shamed beyond words, he managed to show a bold face.
good reputation; dignity; prestige: They hushed up the family scandal to preserve face.
the amount specified in a bill or note, exclusive of interest.
the manifest sense or express terms, as of a document.
the geographic characteristics or general appearance of a land surface.
the surface: the face of the earth.
the side, or part of a side, upon which the use of a thing depends: the clock's face; the face of a playing card.
the most important or most frequently seen side; front: the face of a building.
the outer or upper side of a fabric; right side.
the acting, striking, or working surface of an implement, tool, etc.
Geometry. any of the bounding surfaces of a solid figure: a cube has six faces.
Also called working face. Mining. the front or end of a drift or excavation, where the material is being or was last mined.
  1. the working surface of a type, of a plate, etc.
  2. Also called typeface, typestyle.any design of type, including a full range of characters, as letters, numbers, and marks of punctuation, in all sizes: Caslon is one of the most popular faces.
  3. Also called typeface, typestyle,.the general style or appearance of type: broad or narrow face.
Nautical, Aeronautics. the rear or after side of a propeller blade (opposed to back1def 11).
Fortification. either of the two outer sides that form the salient angle of a bastion or the like.
Crystallography. any of the plane surfaces of a crystal.
Electronics. faceplate(def 3).
Archaic. sight; presence: to flee from the face of the enemy.

verb (used with object), faced, fac·ing.

to look toward or in the direction of: to face the light.
to have the front toward or permit a view of: The building faces Fifth Avenue. The bedroom faces the park.
to confront directly: to be faced with a problem; to face the future confidently.
to confront courageously, boldly, or impudently (usually followed by down or out): He could always face down his detractors.
to oppose or to meet defiantly: to face fearful odds; Army faces Navy in today's football game.
to cover or partly cover with a different material in front: They faced the old wooden house with brick.
to finish the edge of a garment with facing, a piece of fabric added for ornament or strengthening.
to turn the face of (a playing card) upwards.
to dress or smooth the surface of (a stone or the like).
to cause (soldiers) to turn to the right, left, or in the opposite direction.
Ice Hockey. (of a referee) to put (the puck) in play by dropping it between two opposing players each having his or her stick on the ice and facing the goal of the opponent.

verb (used without object), faced, fac·ing.

to turn or be turned (often followed by to or toward): She faced toward the sea.
to be placed with the front in a certain direction (often followed by on, to, or toward): The house faces on the street. The barn faces south.
to turn to the right, left, or in the opposite direction: Left face!
Ice Hockey. to face the puck; put the puck in play (often followed by off).

Verb Phrases

face down, to confront boldly or intimidate (an opponent, critic, etc.).
face off,
  1. to confront, fight, or compete against each other as opponents: The presidential nominees will face off at the debates tomorrow night.
  2. Ice Hockey.to start a game or period with a face-off.
face up to,
  1. to acknowledge; admit: to face up to the facts.
  2. to meet courageously; confront: He refused to face up to his problems.

Origin of face

1250–1300; (noun) Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French < Vulgar Latin *facia, for Latin faciēs facies; (v.) late Middle English facen, derivative of the noun

1. Face, countenance, visage refer to the front of the (usually human) head. The face is the combination of the features: a face with broad cheekbones. Countenance, a more formal word, denotes the face as it is affected by or reveals the state of mind, and hence often signifies the look or expression on the face: a thoughtful countenance. Visage, still more formal, refers to the face as seen in a certain aspect, especially as revealing seriousness or severity: a stern visage. 2. appearance, aspect, mien. 7. exterior. 14. façade. 30. veneer.

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British Dictionary definitions for faced


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  1. the front of the head from the forehead to the lower jaw; visage
  2. (as modifier)face flannel; face cream
  1. the expression of the countenance; looka sad face
  2. a distorted expression, esp to indicate disgust; grimaceshe made a face
informal make-up (esp in the phrase put one's face on)
outward appearancethe face of the countryside is changing
appearance or pretence (esp in the phrases put a bold, good, bad, etc, face on)
worth in the eyes of others; dignity (esp in the phrases lose or save face)
informal impudence or effrontery
the main side of an object, building, etc, or the frontthe face of a palace; a cliff face
the marked surface of an instrument, esp the dial of a timepiece
the functional or working side of an object, as of a tool or playing card
  1. the exposed area of a mine from which coal, ore, etc, may be mined
  2. (as modifier)face worker
the uppermost part or surfacethe face of the earth
Also called: side any one of the plane surfaces of a crystal or other solid figure
mountaineering a steep side of a mountain, bounded by ridges
either of the surfaces of a coin, esp the one that bears the head of a ruler
British slang a well-known or important person
Also called: typeface printing
  1. the printing surface of any type character
  2. the style, the design, or sometimes the size of any type fount
  3. the print made from type
nautical aeronautics the aft or near side of a propeller blade
fly in the face of to act in defiance of
in one's face directly opposite or against one
in face of or in the face of despite
look someone in the face to look directly at a person without fear or shame
on the face of it to all appearances
set one's face against to oppose with determination
show one's face to make an appearance
shut one's face slang (often imperative) to be silent
to someone's face in someone's presence; directly and openlyI told him the truth to his face
until one is blue in the face informal to the utmost degree; indefinitely


(when intr, often foll by to, towards, or on) to look or be situated or placed (in a specified direction)the house faces on the square
to be oppositefacing page 9
(tr) to meet or be confronted byin his work he faces many problems
(tr) to accept or deal with somethinglet's face it, you're finished
(tr) to provide with a surface of a different materialthe cuffs were faced with velvet
to dress the surface of (stone or other material)
(tr) to expose (a card) with the face uppermost
military, mainly US to order (a formation) to turn in a certain direction or (of a formation) to turn as requiredright face!
ice hockey
  1. (of the referee) to drop (the puck) between two opposing players, as when starting or restarting playSee also face-off
  2. to start or restart play in this manner
face the music informal to confront the consequences of one's actions

Derived Formsfaceable, adjective

Word Origin for face

C13: from Old French, from Vulgar Latin facia (unattested), from Latin faciēs form, related to facere to make

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Word Origin and History for faced
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Medicine definitions for faced




The front portion of the head, from forehead to chin.

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Science definitions for faced



A plane surface of a geometric solid. A cube has 6 faces; a dodecahedron, 12.
Any of the surfaces of a rock or crystal.
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Idioms and Phrases with faced


In addition to the idioms beginning with face

  • face down
  • face it
  • face the music
  • face to face
  • face up
  • face up to
  • face value
  • face with

also see:

  • at face value
  • blue in the face
  • brave face
  • do an about-face
  • egg on one's face
  • feed one's face
  • fly in the face of
  • hide one's face
  • in someone's face
  • in the face of
  • in your face
  • keep a straight face
  • laugh out of the other side of one's mouth (face)
  • long face
  • look someone in the face
  • lose face
  • make a face
  • on the face of it
  • plain as day (the nose on your face)
  • poker face
  • put one's face on
  • red in the face
  • save face
  • set one's face against
  • show one's face
  • slap in the face
  • stare in the face
  • stuff one's face
  • talk one's arm off (until blue in the face)
  • throw in someone's face
  • to someone's face
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