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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Endicott grew into a young man with a solemn mien.
▪ His mien and his manners continually expressed his sense of himself as an important personage.
▪ Parker was a career State Department official, tall, balding, with a cautious, academic mien.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Mien \Mien\ (m[=e]n), n. [F. mine; perh. from sane source as mener to lead; cf. E. demean, menace, mine, n.] Aspect; air; manner; demeanor; carriage; bearing.

Vice is a monster of so frightful mien, As, to be hated, needs but to be seen.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"facial expression," 1510s, probably a shortening of Middle English demean "bearing, demeanor" (see demeanor) and influenced by Middle French mine "appearance, facial expression," which is of unknown origin, possibly Celtic (compare Breton min "beak, muzzle, nose," Irish men "mouth").


n. 1 (context countable uncountable English) demeanor; facial expression or attitude, especially one which is intended by its bearer. 2 (context countable English) A specific facial expression


n. dignified manner or conduct [syn: bearing, comportment, presence]

Mien (lake)

Mien is a lake in southern Sweden, 12 km (7.5 mi) southwest of the town of Tingsryd. The lake is formed within a meteorite crater.

The eroded crater is marked by a 5.5-km (3.4-mi) diameter circular lake (Lake Mien). The original crater rim is estimated to have been about 9 km in diameter before erosion. Its age is estimated to be 121.0 ± 2.3 million years (Early Cretaceous).

Mien (disambiguation)

Mien may refer to:

  • An ethnonym for the Yao people of China, or the Dao people of Vietnam.
  • The Hmong–Mien languages of Southeast Asia.
  • Iu Mien Americans, who are primarily Indochinese refugees that may have been born in or have become naturalized citizens of the United States of America.
  • 7706 Mien, a main-belt asteroid
  • Mien crater, a meteorite crater in southern Sweden
  • Wang Mien (1287–1359), Chinese painter
  • Mień, Poland

Mień is a village in the administrative district of Gmina Brańsk, within Bielsk County, Podlaskie Voivodeship, in north-eastern Poland. It lies approximately west of Brańsk, west of Bielsk Podlaski, and south-west of the regional capital Białystok.

The village has a population of 610.

Usage examples of "mien".

The drawbridge was immediately lowered at his call, and richly clad servants bade him welcome with joyful mien.

Tis a pity that thou beest not of noble blood, for thy mien appearth not like that of one lowborn.

All, however, wore the same nervous, silly smile, all swayed themselves with embarrassed timidity, the anxious mien of the bondswoman at the slave market, who fears that she may not find a purchaser.

Je pars en avant, les miens me suivent, et nous tombons dans la redoute, terribles et rapides comme des boulets vivants.

Goodly of mien and well knit were all they of Goblinland that went on that great ship, yet did Gaslark outdo them all in goodliness and strength and all kingliness.

Burroughs seems to administer counsel to Martha Carrier, whose face and mien, methinks, are milder and humbler than they were.

Mais je connais ses actes, et je les juge, comme vous pouvez juger les miens.

Her heroism So schools her sense of her calamities As out of grief to carve new queenliness, And turn a mobile mien to statuesque, Save for a sliding tear.

Nith Immmon for ten minutes along stone-clad corridors, through waiting areas flagged with agate tiles, down green-onyx and cor-blood-red-porphyry staircases, across abandoned skylit plazas, studded with obsidian plinths that had once held the trembling bodies of animals sacrificed to the Kun-dalan goddess Miina.

Instead of opening his hardware and furniture shop as was his accustomed wont, the Justice of the Peace arose with unhabitual briskness from the breakfast table, and, surrounded by the numerous members of his family, proceeded with Jove-like mien to the place of the trial, where for some minutes the more vociferous members of the community had been impatiently awaiting his coming.

Abbey of Floating White was a spectral stone edifice, with nine slender minarets topped by silver-leaf domes, rising from the bedrock of the Djenn Marre like the very hand of the Great Goddess Miina.

It was on the tip of her tongue to refuse, but there was a compelling power about Maslin when he dropped his prickly, sarcastic mien, and concentrated his not inconsiderable charm on a person.

It was, perhaps, as much owing to this as to a very fine complexion that his face had a delicacy in it almost inexpressible, and which might have given him an air rather too effeminate, had it not been joined to a most masculine person and mien: which latter had as much in them of the Hercules as the former had of the Adonis.

I merely sniffed and maintained my princessly mien of complete disdain.

The tune of an incantation, a significant cry, the mien of the operator, these too have a natural leading power over the soul upon which they are directed, drawing it with the force of mournful patterns or tragic sounds--for it is the reasonless soul, not the will or wisdom, that is beguiled by music, a form of sorcery which raises no question, whose enchantment, indeed, is welcomed, exacted, from the performers.