Definition of "countenance" []

  • Appearance, especially the expression of the face: The question left him with a puzzled countenance. (noun)
  • The face or facial features. (noun)
  • A look or expression indicative of encouragement or of moral support. (noun)
  • Support or approval. (noun)
  • Obsolete Bearing; demeanor. (noun)
  • The face, esp when considered as expressing a person's character or mood (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Support or encouragement; sanction (noun)
  • Composure; self-control (esp in the phrases keep or lose one's countenance; out of countenance) (noun)
  • To support or encourage; sanction (verb)
  • To tolerate; endure (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "countenance" in a sentence
  • "Your countenance, Miss Lake -- you must pardon my frankness, it is my way -- _your countenance_ tells only too plainly that you now comprehend my allusion. '"
  • "Why is this that Baldêo should be always represented of this countenance and colour, and his brother Krishna, either white, or of an azure colour, and the _Caucasian countenance_? ["
  • "'I do not doubt it,' replied the other, your countenance is a letter of recommendation to every heart. '"