visage

[ viz-ij ]
/ ˈvɪz ɪdʒ /

noun

the face, usually with reference to shape, features, expression, etc.; countenance.
aspect; appearance.

Nearby words

  1. vis major,
  2. vis-a-vis,
  3. vis-à-vis,
  4. vis.,
  5. visa,
  6. visagiste,
  7. visakhapatnam,
  8. visalia,
  9. visard,
  10. visayan

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 formsvis·aged, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for visage

visage

/ (ˈvɪzɪdʒ) /

noun mainly literary

face or countenance
appearance; aspect

Word Origin for visage

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

visage

n.

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.

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