- The appearance of a person's face, especially as an indication of their mood or character.
- An expression or appearance of approval or disapproval.
From middle english, from old french contenance, from latin contentus, from the verb continēre ("to contain, hold togethe.r")
- The countenance of the old man was solemn and wise.
- The teacher gave the student a countenance of disapproval.
- The countenance of the newly elected president was one of determination and confidence.
- She could not hide her countenance of disappointment.
- His countenance brightened when he saw his family.