Definition of visage in English:


Syllabification: vis·age
Pronunciation: /ˈvizij


[usually in singular] literary
  • 1A person’s face, with reference to the form or proportions of the features: an elegant, angular visage
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    • Argento commonly indulges in a palette of bold, primary colors and frequently lets brash red or blue gels transform his characters' features into comic strip-like visages.
    • It is a wristwatch featuring the visage of Guevara, and the word ‘REVOLUTION.’
    • For one thing, it lacked resemblance to the most popular photograph of the poet, featuring a youthful visage and spectacles.
  • 1.1A person’s facial expression: there was something hidden behind his visage of cheerfulness
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    • Behind the kindly visage is a fiery religious zealot.
    • Unlike Washington, Jefferson did not shield himself behind an impenetrable visage.
    • It was his loud argyle socks that revealed the boyish sense of humour behind the staid visage.
    face, countenance, look, (facial) features, (facial) expression
  • 1.2The surface of an object presented to view: the moonlit visage of the port’s whitewashed buildings
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    • No, probably not - except that it will undoubtedly make it easier for me to bid them farewell by name each time I turn the off the TV as soon as their cheekily grinning visages appear.
    • When the visage of the Pentagon appeared on the TV with a gaping and smoking hole in its side, that little voice had nearly taken me over, and I felt an urge to pump my fist in the air.
    • The town of Enniscrone has taken on a distinctly new visage in the garments of tall and beautiful, well formed Christmas trees along the main thoroughfares.



[in combination]: a stern-visaged old man


Middle English: via Old French from Latin visus 'sight', from videre 'to see'.

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