face - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  1. 1
    the front part of your head, where your eyes, nose, and mouth are

    She wiped her face.

    He had a big smile on his face.

    The ball hit me in the face.

    1. a.
      the expression on someone’s face, that shows how they are feeling

      Marsha came back in with a worried face.

    2. b.
      used for referring to a person
      a familiar face (=someone you know or recognize):

      It was very nice to see all the familiar faces again.

      a new face (=someone you did not know before):

      Look out for a couple of new faces in the team.

    3. c.
      a famous person who is associated with a particular product, brand, advertising campaign etc

      L’Oréal Paris announced that Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif is the new face of the beauty brand in India.

  2. 2
    a side of a mountain or building that is high and very steep

    the north face of the Eiger

    a cliff face

  3. 4
    the way that something looks or appears to people
    the face of something:

    players who changed the face of tennis

    1. a.
      the qualities that something such as an organization has, or wants people to think it has

      This is the new face of banking in America.

  4. 5
    maths one flat side of an object such as a cube (=a shape with six square sides)
  5. 6
    the open front part of the goal, especially in football

    The ball flashed across the face of the goal.

  6. 7
    the front of a clock, where the numbers are