A person’s look or manner, especially one of a particular kind indicating their character or mood: he has a cautious, academic mien
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- Ever the courtier alert to the slightest imperfections in his outward mien, the Earl is accustomed to checking his physical appearance in the glass.
- I am taking some small pride in my impassive mien when particularly hard gusts push the boat over further, or rogue waves wash through the cockpit.
- He delivers his declaration not with reckless bravado but with a dignified, quiet, middle-management-lifer assurance, in keeping with his general mien.
early 16th century: probably from French mine 'expression', influenced by obsolete demean 'bearing, demeanor' (from demean2).