mien

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See also: Mien, miến, miền, miễn, and mīen

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French mine (whence also Danish mine and German Miene), appearance, perhaps from Breton min, face of an animal, or from Latin minio, to redden[1].

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mien ‎(countable and uncountable, plural miens)

  1. (countable, uncountable) Demeanor; facial expression or attitude, especially one which is intended by its bearer.
    • 1860, July 1860, exact date unknown (lyrics and music), “Stephen Foster”, in Jenny's coming o'er the green[1]:
      Jenny's coming o'er the green, / Fairer form was never seen, / Winning is her gentle mien; / Why do I love her so?
    • 1886, Robert Louis Stevenson, chapter 7, in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde[2]:
      taking the air with an infinite sadness of mien, like some disconsolate prisoner, Utterson saw Dr. Jekyll.
  2. (countable) A specific facial expression
    • 2007, February 10, “Claudia La Rocco”, in Stony Miens and Sad Hearts[3]:
      It’s hard to say which is worse: the press-on smiles favored by many a ballet dancer, or the stony “I’m going to pretend this isn’t happening to me” miens often found in contemporary troupes like White Road.

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  1. ^ Le Robert pour tous, Dictionnaire de la langue française, Janvier 2004, p. 727, mine1

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin meum, the neuter of Latin meus.

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Adjective[edit]

mien m ‎(feminine singular mienne, masculine plural miens, feminine plural miennes)

  1. (archaic) my

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Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin meum.

Adjective[edit]

mien

  1. (stressed) my; mine

Usage notes[edit]

  • chiefly used after an article (un, le, etc.) and before a noun. The noun may be omitted if clear from the context
    un mien fils
    my son
    enveierai le mien
    I will send mine

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Vilamovian[edit]

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mien f

  1. carrot