Definition of visage in English:



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

    ‘an elegant, angular visage’
    • ‘Television footage of seniors in that high school a few days later showed young visages looking directly into the face of death.’
    • ‘Well, he isn't really right in front of me - his visage on a glossy poster is.’
    • ‘Eadie has one, all right: His angular visage is all wariness and hurt; he looks malnourished and scared, and tragically adult.’
    • ‘And feel it I do, collapsing as the dream girl turns to face me, her visage hidden by the sun's golden glare.’
    • ‘Pretty little Gertie's face seemed to bloat into the meaty visage of a moustached cop.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is a wristwatch featuring the visage of Guevara, and the word ‘REVOLUTION.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Aeron hadn't yet removed his hood, so the features of his visage remained a mystery.’
    • ‘The sharpness of his face drew shadows, and his unblemished visage resembled the moon, a glowing white, with shadows of gray cast upon it.’
    • ‘The figures of his Winged Evocations with stoic visages cast from the artist's face, stood in a line facing a vault entrance.’
    • ‘For one thing, it lacked resemblance to the most popular photograph of the poet, featuring a youthful visage and spectacles.’
    • ‘He uses the visages of famous people in Wax museum 1 and 2.’
    • ‘Dimples, especially on the chin, also increase the angularity and definition of the male face, creating the impression of a strong visage.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His appearance was immaculate and the sharp lines of his face cast dark shadows across his visage.’
    • ‘His face, countenance, visage, none was there!’
    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.’
      • ‘Doyle sighed, the beautiful voice at odds with his grim visage.’
      • ‘Unlike Washington, Jefferson did not shield himself behind an impenetrable visage.’
      • ‘You can do that,’ Graham said, feigning a grim visage and not entirely joking.’
      • ‘The expression is so unexpected on her naturally serious visage that I'm temporarily rendered speechless.’
      • ‘It was his loud argyle socks that revealed the boyish sense of humour behind the staid visage.’
      • ‘His face lost its passive visage and revealed his horror and disgust.’
      • ‘I concentrated on this ominous visage that lurked behind a children's playground a few yards from where I sat.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Her face contained not an ounce of anger, the expression on her face, if anything, was a visage of pity.’
      • ‘Behind the kindly visage is a fiery religious zealot.’
      • ‘Her blonde hair whipped about her impassive visage as the wind dived past her and took cover behind the nearby hills.’
      • ‘The man's eyes widened momentarily and his nostrils flared, and then he forced his face into a blank visage.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Hope maintained an expressionless visage, but inside, she trembled.’
      • ‘Time's close up makes Padilla's visage appear far more sinister.’
      • ‘I see grimaces of pain from once smiling visages.’
      • ‘The main villain is Doctor Cube, who wears a white cubic helmet with a frowning visage that resembles an embittered smiley face.’
      • ‘While desperation was clear on their faces, his visage betrayed nothing.’
      • ‘Lionel moved around so he could clearly see Vincent's expressionless visage when he made to call to the man again.’
    2. 1.2 The manifestation, image, or aspect of something.
      ‘the moonlit visage of the port's whitewashed buildings’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If looking at the stand from the oval, you're faced with a visage of plate-glass windows that lends a futuristic look.’


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