mien

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See also: Mien, mień, 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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Noun[edit]

mien (countable and uncountable, plural miens)

  1. (countable, uncountable) Demeanor; facial expression or attitude, especially one which is intended by its bearer.
    • 1856, Joseph Turnley, The Language of the Eye, p. 111:[2]
      Beauty, like all divine gifts, is everywhere to be seen by the eye of the faithful admirer of nature; and, like all spirits, she is scarcely to be described by words. Her countenance and mien, her path, her hue and carriage, often surpass expression, and soothe the enthusiast into reverie and silence.
    • 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.
    • 2015, Siobhan Roberts, John Horton Conway: the world’s most charismatic mathematician, in: The Guardian, July 23rd 2015
      Although still young at heart and head, he looks more and more like his old friend Archimedes, increasingly bearded and increasingly grey, with an otherworldly mien – a look that should earn him a spot in the online quiz featuring portraits of frumpy old men under the rubric “Prof or Hobo?”
  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
  2. ^ →OCLC

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French mien, from Old French meon, from Latin meum, the neuter of meus.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /mjɛ̃/
  • (file)

Adjective[edit]

mien (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

Descendants[edit]

  • French: mien

Pitcairn-Norfolk[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English main.

Adjective[edit]

mien

  1. main

Plautdietsch[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

mien

  1. my

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Slovak[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

mien

  1. genitive plural of mena

Noun[edit]

mien

  1. genitive plural of meno

Vilamovian[edit]

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Noun[edit]

mien f

  1. carrot

West Frisian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Frisian gemēne, from Proto-West Germanic *gamainī, from Proto-Germanic *gamainiz, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱom-moynis. Cognate with German gemein, English mean, Gothic 𐌲𐌰𐌼𐌰𐌹𐌽𐍃 (gamains) and Latin commūnis.

Adjective[edit]

mien

  1. common, communal
  2. common, everyday
  3. general

Inflection[edit]

Inflection of mien
uninflected mien
inflected miene
comparative miender
miener
positive comparative superlative
predicative/adverbial mien miender
miener
it mienst
it mienste
indefinite c. sing. miene miendere
mienere
mienste
n. sing. mien miender
miener
mienste
plural miene miendere
mienere
mienste
definite miene miendere
mienere
mienste
partitive miens mienders
mieners

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Further reading[edit]

  • mien”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011