Definition of visage in English:



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

    ‘an elegant, angular visage’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Pretty little Gertie's face seemed to bloat into the meaty visage of a moustached cop.’
    • ‘Aeron hadn't yet removed his hood, so the features of his visage remained a mystery.’
    • ‘He uses the visages of famous people in Wax museum 1 and 2.’
    • ‘The sharpness of his face drew shadows, and his unblemished visage resembled the moon, a glowing white, with shadows of gray cast upon it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His appearance was immaculate and the sharp lines of his face cast dark shadows across his visage.’
    • ‘At this time the chinos actually came with a little tag featuring Warne's smiling visage.’
    • ‘Well, he isn't really right in front of me - his visage on a glossy poster is.’
    • ‘His face, countenance, visage, none was there!’
    • ‘Eadie has one, all right: His angular visage is all wariness and hurt; he looks malnourished and scared, and tragically adult.’
    • ‘Television footage of seniors in that high school a few days later showed young visages looking directly into the face of death.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For one thing, it lacked resemblance to the most popular photograph of the poet, featuring a youthful visage and spectacles.’
    • ‘The figures of his Winged Evocations with stoic visages cast from the artist's face, stood in a line facing a vault entrance.’
    • ‘And feel it I do, collapsing as the dream girl turns to face me, her visage hidden by the sun's golden glare.’
    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’
      • ‘Her face contained not an ounce of anger, the expression on her face, if anything, was a visage of pity.’
      • ‘Her blonde hair whipped about her impassive visage as the wind dived past her and took cover behind the nearby hills.’
      • ‘I see grimaces of pain from once smiling visages.’
      • ‘You can do that,’ Graham said, feigning a grim visage and not entirely joking.’
      • ‘His face lost its passive visage and revealed his horror and disgust.’
      • ‘Unlike Washington, Jefferson did not shield himself behind an impenetrable visage.’
      • ‘Behind the kindly visage is a fiery religious zealot.’
      • ‘Doyle sighed, the beautiful voice at odds with his grim visage.’
      • ‘The main villain is Doctor Cube, who wears a white cubic helmet with a frowning visage that resembles an embittered smiley face.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The man's eyes widened momentarily and his nostrils flared, and then he forced his face into a blank visage.’
      • ‘It was his loud argyle socks that revealed the boyish sense of humour behind the staid visage.’
      • ‘Lionel moved around so he could clearly see Vincent's expressionless visage when he made to call to the man again.’
      • ‘Time's close up makes Padilla's visage appear far more sinister.’
      • ‘I concentrated on this ominous visage that lurked behind a children's playground a few yards from where I sat.’
      • ‘While desperation was clear on their faces, his visage betrayed nothing.’
      • ‘Hope maintained an expressionless visage, but inside, she trembled.’
      • ‘The expression is so unexpected on her naturally serious visage that I'm temporarily rendered speechless.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘What at first looks like a landscape dotted only with fynbos quickly reveals a much more coloured visage when examined more closely.’


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