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EtymologyEdit

From Middle Vietnamese 𩈘 (mặt).

Originally meaning “eye” and is the regular descendant of Proto-Vietic *mat (eye), further from Proto-Mon-Khmer *mat (eye). Related to mắt (eye) which appears to reflect a prefixed form of the same root. The semantic change of “eye” > “face” can also be seen in Muong, most dialects of which use a single form, măt, to mean both “eye” and “face”.

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NounEdit

(classifier cái, bộ, gương, khuôn) mặt (, , 𩈘, 𫖀, 𫆴)

  1. face (front part of head)
  2. face (facial expression)
  3. face (public image)
  4. face (geometry: bounding surface of a polyhedron)
  5. face (surface, especially a front or outer one)
  6. aspect; dimension

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AdjectiveEdit

mặt

  1. (archaic) Synonym of phải (right (of direction))