Main definitions of mien in English

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mien1

noun

  • A person's appearance or manner, especially as an indication of their character or mood.

    ‘he has a cautious, academic mien’
    • ‘All customs and immigration officials we met smiled at Rebecca (who usually reciprocated) and stamped our passports with a happy mien.’
    • ‘I was relieved to see his face slip into its impassive mien.’
    • ‘Even as he gazed upon her fear-glazed features, a frown of recognition touched her mien, and it seemed to him then that he could hear her thoughts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Where people had personalities, identities and individual miens, this being just held fear.’
    • ‘I can imagine the pair of them up to the chest in waders, casting a fly on the Tay: they have the amiable mien of anglers and look as if they can afford it.’
    • ‘So, assuming the mien of a lion, I sit in the open, hiding my coward's heart.’
    • ‘Open champion or not, he has the dignity of a true champion, the mien of a monarch.’
    • ‘These parents tend to be of a particular mien and gait.’
    • ‘His soldierly mien made him popular with the army.’
    • ‘He delivers his declaration not with reckless bravado but with a dignified, quiet, middle-management-lifer assurance, in keeping with his general mien.’
    • ‘Terror had still not uncovered to the full its beast-like mien.’
    • ‘If I could finally hone the mien, I could probably pass for a member of the golf club.’
    • ‘Yet, again, I could not escape that there was something about her eyes, something terribly alert and competent that defied her physical mien.’
    • ‘She's relaxed and friendly, and it's easy to slip into casual conversation and away from the professional mien if one is not paying attention.’
    • ‘And the traces of this absurdity are visible in the mien of our politicians.’
    • ‘Ever the courtier alert to the slightest imperfections in his outward mien, the Earl is accustomed to checking his physical appearance in the glass.’
    • ‘In the case of the CPA press conference you could see the disappointment on their faces and in their mien even if they asked a reasonable question.’
    • ‘He had a unique-shaped nose that was neither large nor small and laugh lines around his interesting eyes that added to his playful mien.’
    • ‘The angry mien faded from Walter, and confusion set in.’
    appearance, look, expression, countenance, face, front, aspect, aura, demeanour, comportment, attitude, air, presence, manner, bearing, carriage, deportment, stance
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Origin

Early 16th century: probably from French mine ‘expression’, influenced by obsolete demean ‘bearing, demeanour’ (from demean).

Pronunciation

mien

/miːn/

Main definitions of mien in English

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Mien2

noun

  • another term for Yao
    • ‘Other Austro-Tai speakers include the Austronesian-speaking Moken and small groups of Hmong and Mien in Shan State.’
    • ‘A year later, Bosnian, Mandarin, Thai, Mien, Tagalog, and Lao had been added.’
    • ‘They were ethnic Mien, fiercely independent ‘hill people’ who had been recruited by the CIA to fight the Communist insurgency in Laos and Vietnam, with the explicit promise of safe haven in America if they lost.’
    • ‘Jonsson provides an intriguing example of how local ethnicity and national integration are contested through sports competition and games among the Mien of northern Thailand.’
    • ‘Levy is attentive in his attempts to distinguish one group from another, Hmong from Mien or Vietnamese.’
    • ‘The differences and origins of the six tribes (Akha, Lisu, Karen, Hmong, Mien and Lahu) are well presented, both pictorially and in words in the introduction.’

Pronunciation

Mien

/mjɛn/