[ viz-ij ]
/ ˈvɪz ɪdʒ /


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

Examples from the Web for visaged

  • Monica laughs: to be angry with so sad a visaged man as Owen Kelly would be a cruelty.

  • Lindsay visaged the words with a smile, but they had an articulated hardness.

    Hilda|Sarah Jeanette Duncan
  • I see a carriage roll up, and Sir Alfred Milner springs out, spare-framed and (p. 204) visaged like an eagle.

    War's Brighter Side|Julian Ralph.

British Dictionary definitions for visaged


/ (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 visaged



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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