1. A distinctive shape, contour, or line, especially of the face.
2. 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).
[Middle English liniament, from Latin līneāmentum, from līnea, line; see LINE1.]
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