Definition of mien in US English:



  • A person's look or manner, especially one of a particular kind indicating their character or mood.

    ‘he has a cautious, academic mien’
    • ‘His soldierly mien made him popular with the army.’
    • ‘If I could finally hone the mien, I could probably pass for a member of the golf club.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He delivers his declaration not with reckless bravado but with a dignified, quiet, middle-management-lifer assurance, in keeping with his general mien.’
    • ‘Yet, again, I could not escape that there was something about her eyes, something terribly alert and competent that defied her physical mien.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I was relieved to see his face slip into its impassive mien.’
    • ‘Terror had still not uncovered to the full its beast-like mien.’
    • ‘Where people had personalities, identities and individual miens, this being just held fear.’
    • ‘These parents tend to be of a particular mien and gait.’
    • ‘So, assuming the mien of a lion, I sit in the open, hiding my coward's heart.’
    • ‘All customs and immigration officials we met smiled at Rebecca (who usually reciprocated) and stamped our passports with a happy mien.’
    • ‘Open champion or not, he has the dignity of a true champion, the mien of a monarch.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The angry mien faded from Walter, and confusion set in.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘And the traces of this absurdity are visible in the mien of our politicians.’
    appearance, look, expression, countenance, face, front, aspect, aura, demeanour, comportment, attitude, air, presence, manner, bearing, carriage, deportment, stance
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Early 16th century: probably from French mine ‘expression’, influenced by obsolete demean ‘bearing, demeanor’ (from demean).