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mien

Definition:

dignified manner or conduct

Class:

attribute noun (attributes of people and objects)

Plural:

miens

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Example:

dignity

Etymology:

"facial expression", shortening of Middle English demean "bearing, demeanor";...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Iu Mien American | Iu Mien Americans

primarily Indochinese refugees that may have been born in or have become naturalized citizens of the United States of America. This group arrived in between the late 1970s to the early 1990s as the last wave of refugees post-Vietnam War. Yao originated... (42 of 2211 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Iu Mien American

Mien (disambiguation)

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... (41 of 125 words, 8 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Mien (disambiguation)

Collins Dictionary:

mien [literary]

a person's manner, bearing, or appearance, expressing personality or mood (10 of 423 words, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/mien

Merriam-Webster:

mien | demeanor [synonym, sense-specific] | appearance [synonym, sense-specific] | aspect [synonym, sense-specific] | dress [synonym, sense-specific] | figure [synonym, sense-specific] | garb [synonym, sense-specific] | look [synonym, sense-specific] | outside [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

air or bearing especially as expressive of attitude or personality; "demeanor" | "appearance", "aspect" (13 of 127 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/mien

American Heritage Dictionary:

mien

Bearing or manner, especially as it reveals an inner state of mind | An appearance or aspect. (16 of 52 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/mien

Oxford Dictionary:

mien

a person's appearance or manner, especially as an indication of their character or mood (14 of 52 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/mien

Wiktionary:

mien | miens [plural] | Demeanor [synonym, sense-specific]

[countable, uncountable] Demeanor; facial expression or attitude, especially one which is intended by its bearer. | [countable] A specific facial expression (20 of 39 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/mien

Macmillan British Dictionary:

mien [singular, uncountable, formal]

the usual expression on someone's face, or their usual way of behaving (12 of 38 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/mien

New World Dictionary:

mien

a way of carrying and conducting oneself; manner | a way of looking; appearance (13 of 33 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/mien

Cambridge Dictionary:

mien [literary]

a person's appearance, especially the typical expression on their face (10 of 24 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/mien

Random House Dictionary:

mien

air, bearing, or demeanor, as showing character, feeling, etc.. (9 of 19 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/mien

Britannica Encyclopedia:

bearing [machine component]

in machine construction, a connector that permits the connected members to rotate or to move in a straight line relative to one another. Often one of ... (26 of 235 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/57410​/bearing

Columbia Encyclopedia:

bearing | ball bearing

machine part designed to reduce friction between moving parts or to support moving loads. There are two main kinds of bearings: the antifriction type, ... (24 of 474 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0806610​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

mien [formal]

somebody's facial expression or general appearance, bearing, or posture, taken as an indication of his or her mood or character (20 of 56 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861629994​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

mien

First use: 1510s

Origin: "facial expression", shortening of Middle English demean "bearing, demeanor"; influenced by Middle French mine "appearance, facial ... (17 of 31 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=mien

Wiktionary:

mien

Origin: French mine (whence also Danish mine and German Miene), appearance, perhaps from Breton min, face of an animal, or from Latin minio, to redden.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/mien

American Heritage Dictionary:

mien

Origin: Alteration (influenced by French mine, appearance) of Middle English demeine, demeanor, from Old French, from ... (15 of 22 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/mien

New World Dictionary:

mien

Origin: aphetic for "demean", but altered by association with French mine, look, air from Breton min, muzzle, beak

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/mien

Oxford Dictionary:

mien

First use: early 16th century

Origin: probably from French mine "expression", influenced by obsolete demean "bearing, demeanour" (from "demean2")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/mien

Collins Dictionary:

mien [literary]

First use: 16th century

Origin: probably variant of obsolete demean appearance; related to French mine aspect

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/mien

Merriam-Webster:

mien

First use: 1522

Origin: by shortening and alteration from demean

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/mien

Encarta Dictionary:

mien [formal]

First use: Early 16th century

Origin: Probably shortening of obsolete demeine "demeanor" from Old French from demener "lead away" from Latin minare "drive a herd of animals"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861629994​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

mien [literary]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "mien"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/mien

Macmillan British Dictionary:

mien [singular, uncountable, formal]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "mien"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/mien

Macmillan American Dictionary:

mien [singular, uncountable, formal]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "mien"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/mien

Cambridge Dictionary:

mien [literary]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "mien"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "mien"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/mien

the Free Dictionary:

mien

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "mien"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "mien"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "mien" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/mien

Google Dictionary:

mien | miens [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "mien"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=mien

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

mien

Audio: North American pronunciation of "mien"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=mien​0001 word=mien

YourDictionary Audio:

mien

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "mien" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/mien

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