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vis·age

 (vĭz′ĭj)
n.
1. The face or facial expression of a person; countenance.
2. Appearance; aspect: the bleak visage of winter.

[Middle English, from Old French, from vis, from Latin vīsus, appearance, from past participle of vidēre, to see; see weid- in Indo-European roots.]

visage

(ˈvɪzɪdʒ)
n
1. face or countenance
2. appearance; aspect
[C13: from Old French: aspect, from vis face, from Latin vīsus appearance, from vidēre to see]

vis•age

(ˈvɪz ɪdʒ)

n.
1. the face, usu. with reference to shape, features, expression, etc.; countenance: a sad visage.
2. aspect; appearance: a ghost town's desolate visage.
[1250–1300; < Old French vis face < Latin vīsum sight, derivative of vidēre to see]
vis′aged, adj.
syn: See face.

Visage

 

beetle-browed Having prominent, shaggy eyebrows; scowling, sullen. Although the exact origin of this expression is unknown, it has been suggested that the reference is to the short-tufted antennae, analogous to eyebrows, protruding at right angles from the head of some types of beetles. The phrase appeared in William Langland’s Piers Plowman in 1362.

bug-eyed See SURPRISE.

fish eye A blank or quizzical gaze; a hostile stare. The vacuity of piscine eyes is clearly the source of this phrase. The following illustration is cited in Webster’s Third:

I saw you guys giving me the fish eye … so I ran.

gag-tooth A projecting tooth; a buck-tooth. Gag-toothed dates from the 16th century and is rarely heard today. The current word for such a condition is bucktoothed.

If she be gag-toothed tell her some merry jest to make her laugh. (John Lyly, Euphues, the Anatomy of Wit, 1579)

grin like a Cheshire cat To grin broadly and mysteriously; to be constantly smiling widely for no apparent reason. The phrase usually carries connotations of smugness or vacuousness. The expression, which dates from the late 18th century, gained currency because of the perpetually grinning cat in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865). The phrase appeared in response to Alice’s question as to why the Duchess’ cat grinned so broadly and inscrutably:

“It’s a Cheshire cat,” said the Duchess, “and that’s why.”

like an owl in an ivy bush With a vacant, dumb look; with an empty stare, such as some people have when drunk. This expression plays on the fact that the ivy bush is the favorite haunt of the owl, known for its wisdom and solemnity; it is also the favorite plant of Bacchus, the god of wine. Rarely heard today, this expression dates from the early 17th century.

“Pr’y thee, how did the fool look?” “Look! Egad, he look’d for all the world like an owl in an ivy bush.” (Jonathan Swift, Polite Conversation, 1738)

poker face An expressionless face; a visage which does not reveal one’s thoughts or emotions; a dead pan. In poker, it is essential that a player not tip his hand by showing emotion in his face, lest the other players bet accordingly and thus limit his winnings or increase his losses. Though still applicable to the card game, poker face is also used figuratively in many varied contexts.

He glanced around the circle and found poker faces, but there was a light in Baldy’s eyes that warmed him. (Clarence Mulford, Rustler’s Valley, 1924)

widow’s peak A V-shaped hairline in the middle of the forehead. It was once customary for a widow to wear a black hat which had a “peak,” a triangular piece of material that extended down on the forehead, as if pointing at the nose. A similar looking hairline came to be known as a “widow’s peak” by association.

She had on her forehead what is sometimes denominated a “widow’s peak”—that is to say, her hair grew down to a point in the middle. (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Kavanagh, A Tale, 1849)

A related expression, widow’s lock, describes a lock or tuft of hair that grows apart from the rest of the hair on the head. The term alludes to an ancient superstitious belief that a woman with such a stray shock of hair would be widowed soon after marriage.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.visage - the human face (`kisser' and `smiler' and `mug' are informal terms for `face' and `phiz' is British)visage - the human face (`kisser' and `smiler' and `mug' are informal terms for `face' and `phiz' is British)
human head - the head of a human being
face, human face - the front of the human head from the forehead to the chin and ear to ear; "he washed his face"; "I wish I had seen the look on his face when he got the news"
pudding face, pudding-face - a large fat human face
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
2.visage - the appearance conveyed by a person's facevisage - the appearance conveyed by a person's face; "a pleasant countenance"; "a stern visage"
appearance, visual aspect - outward or visible aspect of a person or thing
expression, look, face, facial expression, aspect - the feelings expressed on a person's face; "a sad expression"; "a look of triumph"; "an angry face"
poker face - a face without any interpretable expression (as that of a good poker player)

visage

noun
1. The front surface of the head:
countenance, face, feature (often used in plural), muzzle.
Informal: mug.
Slang: kisser, map, pan, puss.
2. A disposition of the facial features that conveys meaning, feeling, or mood:
3. An outward appearance:
Translations

visage

[ˈvɪzɪdʒ] N (liter) → semblante m

visage

n (liter)Antlitz nt (liter)
References in classic literature ?
True it is, that if the spectator approached too near, he lost the outline of the gigantic visage, and could discern only a heap of ponderous and gigantic rocks, piled in chaotic ruin one upon another.
Mother,' said he, while the Titanic visage miled on him, 'I wish that it could speak, for it looks so very kindly that its voice must needs be pleasant.
Athos read at a glance all these shades upon the visage of his faithful servant, and in the same tone he would have employed to speak to Raoul in his dream:
He was feeding his soul with the remembrances the noble visage of the comte brought to his mind in crowds - some blooming and charming as that smile - some dark, dismal, and icy as that visage with its eyes now closed to all eternity.
with visage uplifted to the gray sky in an agony of supplication.
She, in fact, felt a reverence for the pictured visage, of which only a far-descended and time-stricken virgin could be susceptible; and this forbidding scowl was the innocent result of her near-sightedness, and an effort so to concentrate her powers of vision as to substitute a firm outline of the object instead of a vague one.
The steward paused, and turning his uncouth visage on the hunter, he surveyed him with a roguish leer of his eye, and gradually suffered the muscles of his hard features to relax, until his face was illuminated by the display of his white teeth, when he “ dropped his voice, and added; “I say, Master Leather-
Soon, however, I descended to details, and regarded with minute interest the innumerable varieties of figure, dress, air, gait, visage, and expression of countenance.
Master Coppenole himself applauded, and Clopin Trouillefou, who had been among the competitors (and God knows what intensity of ugliness his visage could attain), confessed himself conquered: We will do the same.
So sensible were the audience of some unwonted attribute in their minister, that they longed for a breath of wind to blow aside the veil, almost believing that a stranger's visage would be discovered, though the form, gesture, and voice were those of Mr.
See," he added, pointing to the hard and wrinkled visage of the attentive Esther, "his wife is too old, for so great a chief.
answered he with a queer smile, and that same disagreeable contortion of visage which I had remarked in the inhabitants of the Dark Valley.