Definition of visage in US English:



  • 1usually in singular A person's face, with reference to the form or proportions of the features.

    ‘an elegant, angular visage’
    • ‘He uses the visages of famous people in Wax museum 1 and 2.’
    • ‘His face, countenance, visage, none was there!’
    • ‘The unflattering signs of age on her face are emphasized, giving her visage that sense of gravitas associated with old men in old-master paintings.’
    • ‘For one thing, it lacked resemblance to the most popular photograph of the poet, featuring a youthful visage and spectacles.’
    • ‘At this time the chinos actually came with a little tag featuring Warne's smiling visage.’
    • ‘He didn't see the yellow letters of the sign turn blood red, or the cute face of the munchkin contort into the twisted visage of a vampire.’
    • ‘Now too weak to move, Willow stared in horror as Buffy's face transformed itself into the demonic visage that all vampires hid beneath the trappings of humanity.’
    • ‘The sharpness of his face drew shadows, and his unblemished visage resembled the moon, a glowing white, with shadows of gray cast upon it.’
    • ‘And feel it I do, collapsing as the dream girl turns to face me, her visage hidden by the sun's golden glare.’
    • ‘His appearance was immaculate and the sharp lines of his face cast dark shadows across his visage.’
    • ‘Eadie has one, all right: His angular visage is all wariness and hurt; he looks malnourished and scared, and tragically adult.’
    • ‘It is a wristwatch featuring the visage of Guevara, and the word ‘REVOLUTION.’’
    • ‘Dimples, especially on the chin, also increase the angularity and definition of the male face, creating the impression of a strong visage.’
    • ‘Aeron hadn't yet removed his hood, so the features of his visage remained a mystery.’
    • ‘Well, he isn't really right in front of me - his visage on a glossy poster is.’
    • ‘Argento commonly indulges in a palette of bold, primary colors and frequently lets brash red or blue gels transform his characters' features into comic strip-like visages.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the visage of the elegant, thin-ankled man in the painting is hard to discern from a distance, since his features are enveloped by the darkness of his skin.’
    • ‘The figures of his Winged Evocations with stoic visages cast from the artist's face, stood in a line facing a vault entrance.’
    • ‘Television footage of seniors in that high school a few days later showed young visages looking directly into the face of death.’
    • ‘Pretty little Gertie's face seemed to bloat into the meaty visage of a moustached cop.’
    face, countenance, physiognomy, profile
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    1. 1.1 A person's facial expression.
      ‘there was something hidden behind his visage of cheerfulness’
      • ‘By the end of his life his Hollywood good looks had faded, replaced by the grim visage captured in Bruce Weber's documentary film Let's Get Lost.’
      • ‘I see grimaces of pain from once smiling visages.’
      • ‘He could see her legs were weakened by the sight; Joe helped her keep her balance and engaged her in friendly conversation in an attempt to take her mind off the terrible visage of deaths manifestation.’
      • ‘While desperation was clear on their faces, his visage betrayed nothing.’
      • ‘You can do that,’ Graham said, feigning a grim visage and not entirely joking.’
      • ‘Behind the kindly visage is a fiery religious zealot.’
      • ‘Unlike Washington, Jefferson did not shield himself behind an impenetrable visage.’
      • ‘I concentrated on this ominous visage that lurked behind a children's playground a few yards from where I sat.’
      • ‘Lionel moved around so he could clearly see Vincent's expressionless visage when he made to call to the man again.’
      • ‘The expression is so unexpected on her naturally serious visage that I'm temporarily rendered speechless.’
      • ‘The main villain is Doctor Cube, who wears a white cubic helmet with a frowning visage that resembles an embittered smiley face.’
      • ‘Her face contained not an ounce of anger, the expression on her face, if anything, was a visage of pity.’
      • ‘His face lost its passive visage and revealed his horror and disgust.’
      • ‘Hope maintained an expressionless visage, but inside, she trembled.’
      • ‘Trrol saw as much apprehension as determination in their grim visages, and he read clearly, too, that they possessed little in the way of fencing skills.’
      • ‘Doyle sighed, the beautiful voice at odds with his grim visage.’
      • ‘Time's close up makes Padilla's visage appear far more sinister.’
      • ‘Her blonde hair whipped about her impassive visage as the wind dived past her and took cover behind the nearby hills.’
      • ‘It was his loud argyle socks that revealed the boyish sense of humour behind the staid visage.’
      • ‘The man's eyes widened momentarily and his nostrils flared, and then he forced his face into a blank visage.’
    2. 1.2 The surface of an object presented to view.
      ‘the moonlit visage of the port's whitewashed buildings’
      • ‘If looking at the stand from the oval, you're faced with a visage of plate-glass windows that lends a futuristic look.’
      • ‘When the visage of the Pentagon appeared on the TV with a gaping and smoking hole in its side, that little voice had nearly taken me over, and I felt an urge to pump my fist in the air.’
      • ‘What at first looks like a landscape dotted only with fynbos quickly reveals a much more coloured visage when examined more closely.’
      • ‘The featureless visage stands in odd contrast to the crisp focus of every other detail in the photograph.’
      • ‘The town of Enniscrone has taken on a distinctly new visage in the garments of tall and beautiful, well formed Christmas trees along the main thoroughfares.’


Middle English: via Old French from Latin visus ‘sight’, from videre ‘to see’.