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mien

[meen] /min/
noun
1.
air, bearing, or demeanor, as showing character, feeling, etc.:
a man of noble mien.
Origin
1505-1515
1505-15; probably aphetic variant of obsolete demean bearing, demean2; spelled with -ie- to distinguish it from mean2
Can be confused
mean, mien.
Synonyms
appearance, look; carriage.
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British Dictionary definitions for miens

mien

/miːn/
noun
1.
(literary) a person's manner, bearing, or appearance, expressing personality or mood: a noble mien
Word Origin
C16: probably variant of obsolete demean appearance; related to French mine aspect
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Contemporary definitions for miens
noun

appearance, bearing; manner

Word Origin

shortening and alteration of demean

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Word Origin and History for miens

mien

n.

"facial expression," 1510s, probably a shortening of Middle English demean "bearing, demeanor" (see demeanor) and influenced by Middle French mine "appearance, facial expression," which is of unknown origin, possibly Celtic (cf. Breton min "beak, muzzle, nose," Irish men "mouth").

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