- 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 līneāmentum from līnea line ; see line 1.