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

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

Synonyms for visage Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for visage

Contemporary Examples of visage

  • Reid looked grim, his head slightly bowed as he strode purposefully, not saying anything, his visage adding to the drama.

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    August 1, 2011

Historical Examples of visage

  • But the duskier it grew, the more did Pluto's visage assume an air of satisfaction.

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    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • He sees, like Desdemona, her "visage in her mind," or her affections.

  • The visage of Imogen, ever present to his soul, suggested these salutary reflections.


    William Godwin

  • His visage was meagre, his hair lank and thin, and his voice hollow.

  • But the city of that night wore a visage new and strange to her, and terrifying.


    Louis Joseph Vance

British Dictionary definitions for visage


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

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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