Definition of mien in English:



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

    ‘he has a cautious, academic mien’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And the traces of this absurdity are visible in the mien of our politicians.’
    • ‘Open champion or not, he has the dignity of a true champion, the mien of a monarch.’
    • ‘I was relieved to see his face slip into its impassive 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.’
    • ‘Ever the courtier alert to the slightest imperfections in his outward mien, the Earl is accustomed to checking his physical appearance in the glass.’
    • ‘So, assuming the mien of a lion, I sit in the open, hiding my coward's heart.’
    • ‘His soldierly mien made him popular with the army.’
    • ‘Yet, again, I could not escape that there was something about her eyes, something terribly alert and competent that defied her physical mien.’
    • ‘Terror had still not uncovered to the full its beast-like mien.’
    • ‘All customs and immigration officials we met smiled at Rebecca (who usually reciprocated) and stamped our passports with a happy mien.’
    • ‘He delivers his declaration not with reckless bravado but with a dignified, quiet, middle-management-lifer assurance, in keeping with his general mien.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These parents tend to be of a particular mien and gait.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Where people had personalities, identities and individual miens, this being just held fear.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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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Early 16th century: probably from French mine ‘expression’, influenced by obsolete demean ‘bearing, demeanor’ (from demean).