from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The natural color, texture, and appearance of the skin, especially of the face.
  • n. General character, aspect, or appearance: findings that will alter the complexion of the problem.
  • n. A viewpoint, inclination, or attitude: a conservative political complexion.
  • n. The combination of the four humors of cold, heat, moistness, and dryness in specific proportions, thought in ancient and medieval physiology to control the temperament and the constitution of the body.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The combination of humours making up one's physiological "temperament", being either hot or cold, and moist or dry.
  • n. The quality, colour, or appearance of the skin on the face.
  • n. The outward appearance of something.
  • n. Outlook, attitude, or point of view.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being complex; complexity.
  • n. A combination; a complex.
  • n. The bodily constitution; the temperament; habitude, or natural disposition; character; nature.
  • n. The color or hue of the skin, esp. of the face.
  • n. The general appearance or aspect.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To characterize by or endow with a disposition or temperament.
  • n. Temperament, habitude, or natural disposition of the body or mind; constitutional condition or tendency; character; nature.
  • n. The color or hue of the skin, particularly of that of the face.
  • n. The general appearance of anything; aspect.
  • n. The state of being complex; complexity; involution; combination; also, a complex.
  • n. In psychology, a term proposed for a certain type of mental connection or association. See the extract.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. give a certain color to
  • n. texture and appearance of the skin of the face
  • n. (obsolete) a combination of elements (of dryness and warmth or of the four humors) that was once believed to determine a person's health and temperament
  • n. a point of view or general attitude or inclination
  • n. a combination that results from coupling or interlinking
  • n. the coloring of a person's face


Middle English complexioun, physical constitution, from Old French complexion, from Late Latin complexiō, complexiōn-, balance of the humors, from Latin, combination, from complexus, past participle of complectī, to entwine; see complect.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English complexion ("temperament"), from Old French complexion, French complexion, from Latin complexio ("a combination, connection, period"), from complecti, past participle complexus ("to entwine, encompass") (Wiktionary)



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