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



BrE BrE//ˌfɪziˈɒnəmi//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌfɪziˈɑːnəmi//
(pl. physiognomies) (formal)
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the shape and features of a person’s face Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French phisonomie, via medieval Latin from Greek phusiognōmonia ‘judging of a man's nature (by his features)’, based on gnōmōn ‘a judge, interpreter’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: physiognomy