noun re·sem·blance \ri-ˈzem-blən(t)s\

: the state of looking or being like someone or something else

: something that makes one person or thing like another

Full Definition of RESEMBLANCE

a :  the quality or state of resembling; especially :  correspondence in appearance or superficial qualities
b :  a point of likeness :  similarity
archaic :  characteristic appearance
obsolete :  probability


  1. He doesn't look exactly like his father, but there is some resemblance.
  2. There is no resemblance between her and her sister.

First Known Use of RESEMBLANCE

14th century

Synonym Discussion of RESEMBLANCE

likeness, similarity, resemblance, similitude, analogy mean agreement or correspondence in details. likeness implies a closer correspondence than similarity which often implies that things are merely somewhat alike <a remarkable likeness to his late father> <some similarity between the two cases>. resemblance implies similarity chiefly in appearance or external qualities <statements that bear little resemblance to the truth>. similitude applies chiefly to correspondence between abstractions <two schools of social thought showing points of similitude>. analogy implies likeness or parallelism in relations rather than in appearance or qualities <pointed out analogies to past wars>.
RESEMBLANCE Defined for Kids


noun re·sem·blance \ri-ˈzem-bləns\

Definition of RESEMBLANCE for Kids

:  the quality or state of being similar to another


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