(noun, verb)


1. the appearance conveyed by a person's face

- a pleasant countenance

Similar word(s): visage

Definition categories: attribute, appearance

2. formal and explicit approval

Similar word(s): endorsement, imprimatur, indorsement, sanction, warrant

Definition categories: communication, approval, commendation

3. the human face (`kisser' and `smiler' and `mug' are informal terms for `face' and `phiz' is British)

Similar word(s): kisser, mug, phiz, physiognomy, smiler, visage

Definition categories: body, face


1. consent to, give permission

Similar word(s): allow, let, permit

Definition categories: communication, accept, consent

Sentences with countenance as a verb:

- The cruel punishment was countenanced by the government, although it was not officially legal.