The definition of countenance is the look on a face that shows expression.(noun)
An example of countenance is wide eyes and a bright smile indicating joy.
See countenance in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME & OFr contenance, bearing, conduct < L continentia, lit., way one holds oneself, restraint < continere: see contain
See countenance in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English contenaunce
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , from contenir, to behave; see contain.
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