Simple Definition of appearance
: the way that someone or something looks
: a way of looking that is not true or real
: the action of appearing : the fact that something or someone arrives or begins to be seen
Full Definition of appearance
1 a : external show : semblance <although hostile, he preserved an appearance of neutrality> b : outward aspect : look <had a fierce appearance> c plural : outward indication <trying to keep up appearances>
2 a : a sense impression or aspect of a thing <the blue of distant hills is only an appearance> b : the world of sensible phenomena
3 a : the act, action, or process of appearing b : the presentation of oneself in court as a party to an action often through the representation of an attorney
Examples of appearance in a sentence
The general appearance of the house is quite good.
The museum restored the painting to its original appearance.
lotions that improve your skin's appearance and texture
You shouldn't judge a man by his appearance.
Have you noticed any changes in her appearance?
He appears to be happy, but appearances can be deceptive.
Their expensive home created a false appearance of success and happiness.
First Known Use of appearance
APPEARANCE Defined for Kids
Definition of appearance for Students
1 : the way something looks <The room has a cool appearance.>
2 : the act or an instance of appearing <His sudden appearance startled us.>
Medical Definition of appearance
1: the action or process of becoming evident to the senses <the sudden appearance of a rash on the body>
2: the outward or visible aspect of something <a tumor with a spongy appearance>
Legal Definition of appearance
1 : the presentation of oneself in court as a party to or as an attorney for a party to a lawsuit; also : a document filed in court by an attorney declaring his or her representation of a party to a lawsuit — see also general appearance, special appearance
2 : outward look <a lawyer should avoid the appearance of impropriety>
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