V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: a person's general demeanor or manner

Synonyms: demeanor, appearance, air, presence, manner, bearing, deportment


Tips: Mien is related to the word demeanor and came from the same root, from the French word for "facial appearance." It can still refer to facial expressions, but also has a broader meaning of general appearance or demeanor.

Usage Examples:

Her grandmother told her that a lady's mien was important to the way people viewed her socially. (bearing, demeanor)

Her pensive mien told him that she was still uncertain. (manner, air)

He had a jovial mien about him, such that all who knew him enjoyed his company immensely. (air, demeanor)

Jill's unhappy mien when she hung up the phone made Jason wonder what was wrong. (appearance, demeanor)

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