- any of the features of the body, usually of the face, esp. with regard to its outline
- a distinctive feature or characteristic
- any extensive, linear surface feature on a planet, as a fault line, that indicates the nature of the underlying crust
Origin of lineamentMiddle English liniamente ; from Classical Latin lineamentum ; from lineare, to fashion to a straight line ; from linea, line
- A distinctive shape, contour, or line, especially of the face.
- often lineaments A definitive or characteristic feature: “the gross and subtle folds of corruption on the average senatorial face are hardly the lineaments of virtue” (Norman Mailer).
Origin of lineamentMiddle English liniament, from Latin l&imacron;neamentum, from l&imacron;nea, line; see line1.