lineament

A lineament is a fancy, literary word that means "a part of a person's face," like his eyes, ears, or nose.

In his poem "Manfred", Lord Byron wrote, "She was like me in lineaments — her eyes / Her hair, her features, all..." He was basically saying that a particular woman's face looked a lot like his own face, when he examined each part of it — each lineament — separately. The word comes from the Latin word linea, meaning "line." Lineaments can also refer to someone's distinctive features, not just their looks.

Definitions of lineament
  1. noun
    the characteristic parts of a person's face: eyes and nose and mouth and chin
    “his lineaments were very regular”
    synonyms: feature
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    chin, mentum
    the protruding part of the lower jaw
    brow, forehead
    the part of the face above the eyes
    temple
    the flat area on either side of the forehead
    cheek
    either side of the face below the eyes
    jowl
    a fullness and looseness of the flesh of the lower cheek and jaw (characteristic of aging)
    jaw
    the bones of the skull that frame the mouth and serve to open it; the bones that hold the teeth
    buccula, double chin
    a fold of fatty tissue under the chin
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    body part
    any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity
  2. noun
    a characteristic property that defines the apparent individual nature of something
    synonyms: character, quality
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    texture
    the essential quality of something
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    attribute, dimension, property
    a construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished
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