What does the word grimace mean?

Usage examples for grimace

  1. The statement was as honest, however, as the diplomatic grimace with which Champagny had reminded Elizabeth of the ancient and unbroken friendship which had always, existed between herself and his Catholic Majesty. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
  2. Caroline made a little grimace at her host. – The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  3. Mr. Francis permitted a slight grimace to appear on his face; he flushed a little. – Lord of the World by Robert Hugh Benson