from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Appearance, especially the expression of the face: The question left him with a puzzled countenance.
- n. The face or facial features.
- n. A look or expression indicative of encouragement or of moral support.
- n. Support or approval.
- n. Obsolete Bearing; demeanor.
- transitive v. To give sanction or support to; tolerate or approve: The college administration will not countenance cheating.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Appearance, especially the features and expression of the face.
- v. To tolerate, support, sanction, patronise or approve of something.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Appearance or expression of the face; look; aspect; mien.
- n. The face; the features.
- n. Approving or encouraging aspect of face; hence, favor, good will, support; aid; encouragement.
- n. Superficial appearance; show; pretense.
- transitive v. To encourage; to favor; to approve; to aid; to abet.
- transitive v. To make a show of; to pretend.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The face; the whole form of the face; the features, considered as a whole; the visage.
- n. The characteristic appearance or expression of the face; look; aspect; facial appearance.
- n. Aspect or appearance conferred; seeming imparted to anything, as by words or conduct in regard to it: as. to put a good or a bad countenance upon anything.
- n. Appearance of favor or good will; support afforded by friendly action; encouragement; patronage.
- n. Assumed appearance; seeming; show; pretense.
- n. In old law, credit or estimation by reason of one's estate, and with reference to his condition in life.
- n. Hence Favor resulting from estimation or repute; trust; confidence.
- n. Good appearance, presentableness.
- n. In favor; in estimation.
- n. Synonyms See face, n.
- To appear friendly or favorable to; favor; encourage; aid; support; abet.
- To make a show of; pretend.
- To give effect to; act suitably to; be in keeping with.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. formal and explicit approval
- n. the appearance conveyed by a person's face
- v. consent to, give permission
- n. the human face (`kisser' and `smiler' and `mug' are informal terms for `face' and `phiz' is British)
Middle English contenaunce, from Old French, from contenir, to behave; see contain.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Anglo-Norman, from Latin contineō ("hold together"). (Wiktionary)