Definition of countenance noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈkaʊntənəns//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkaʊntənəns//
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(formal or literary) a person’s face or their expression her calmly smiling countenance a young man of handsome countenance See related entries: Face Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French contenance ‘bearing, behaviour’, from contenir, from Latin continere, from con- ‘altogether’ + tenere ‘to hold’. The early sense was ‘bearing, demeanour’, also ‘facial expression’, hence ‘the face’.
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