Origin of lineament
Related Words for lineamentboundary, edge, channel, portrait, sketch, figure, likeness, shape, shade, shadow, contour, trick, habit, attribute, quirk, character, feature, peculiarity, oddity, virtue
Examples from the Web for lineament
Historical Examples of lineament
The light of the fire was upon it, and its every lineament was revealed distinctly.Barnaby Rudge
I had ample time to scan his features and canvass their every lineament.Charles O'Malley, The Irish Dragoon, Volume 1 (of 2)
"I am stopping it," Dunark stated quietly, grim purpose in every lineament.Skylark Three
Edward Elmer Smith
I should not have recognized him had we met in the street, so altered was every lineament.
Compared with the original, at last—in every lineament how like it was!
noun (often plural)
Word Origin for lineament
early 15c., "distinctive feature of the body, outline," from Middle French lineament, from Latin lineamentum "contour, outline," literally "a line, stroke, mark," from lineare "to reduce to a straight line," from linea (see line (n.)). Figurative sense of "a characteristic" is attested from 1630s.