- A person’s look or manner, especially one of a particular kind indicating their character or mood.
“Each of the students had a particularly cheerful and friendly mien the day after the long break.”
“She was elegant and regal, with the mien of a queen.”
“I can always tell when my father’s allergies are acting up because he has quite a grumpy mien.”
French, early 16th century
Why this word?
Many people who speak in American Sign Language are experts at using their mien to communicate. Since the language doesn’t use volume or variations in tone, body language and facial expressions are important to successfully convey not just the words, but also the mood, emotion, and context. “Mien” most likely originated from the French word “mine,” which means “expression.”
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