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[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 forms
visaged, adjective
1. physiognomy, image. See face. Unabridged
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  • His eyes were piercing but his visage was made plain by a disproportionate nose.

    Charles the Bold Ruth Putnam
  • The visage of Imogen, ever present to his soul, suggested these salutary reflections.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • I will not say the clown was ugly in visage or deformed in person; but he was a slouch from head to foot.

    Sheppard Lee, Vol. I (of 2) Robert Montgomery Bird
  • But the city of that night wore a visage new and strange to her, and terrifying.

    Nobody Louis Joseph Vance
  • The speaker marked a curious mixture of fear and doubt flit across the visage of Ignacio.

    The Treasure of Pearls Gustave Aimard
  • Respondent's visage questionable, however,—too dirty, and too happy.

  • They have no beard; their visage is long, nor does it contain one pleasing feature.

    Buffon's Natural History. Volume IV (of 10) Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
  • His visage was covered with sweat; his pupils were full of red lights.

    Sacrifice Stephen French Whitman
  • Abruptly he stepped up close to the glass and examined his visage with unconcealed excitement.

    The Prodigal Father J. Storer Clouston
British Dictionary definitions for visage


noun (mainly literary)
face or countenance
appearance; aspect
Word Origin
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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