[ oh-puhn-feyst ]

  1. having a frank or ingenuous face.

  2. Also open-face . designating an open sandwich.

  1. (of a watch) having the dial covered only by the crystal.

Origin of open-faced

First recorded in 1600–10

Words Nearby open-faced Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use open-faced in a sentence

  • It can also be warmed open faced for a few seconds before pressing to ensure the filling is heated through.

    How Havana Perfected the Sandwich | Ana Sofia Pelaez | September 8, 2009 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • “Oh, yes,” said an honest open-faced maiden, eagerly putting out her hand.

    Modern Broods | Charlotte Mary Yonge
  • Look at 'em women folk dancin' all decked out in their sparklers, and 'em blokes wid their open-faced clothes!

    By Right of Conquest | Arthur Hornblow
  • When again I unclosed my eyes and asked for water, I was lying under the open-faced shed, and it was brilliant sunshine outside.

    The Little Red Foot | Robert W. Chambers
  • "She must be late," said Ketchel, looking keenly15 up the track and then at his heavy, open-faced watch.

    Frontier Boys in Frisco | Wyn Roosevelt
  • That group of old people, and that open-faced seafaring man, standing near the altar.

    The Gold Brick | Ann S. Stephens

British Dictionary definitions for open-faced


  1. having an ingenuous expression

  2. (of a watch) having no lid or cover other than the glass

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