appearance

noun ap·pear·ance \ ə-ˈpir-ən(t)s \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

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 appearances 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
  • the first appearance of that word in English
b law : the presentation of oneself in court as a party to an action often through the representation of an attorney
4 a : something that appears : phenomenon
b : an instance of appearing : occurrence
  • her first public appearance since winning the award

Examples of appearance in a Sentence

  1. The general appearance of the house is quite good.

  2. The museum restored the painting to its original appearance.

  3. lotions that improve your skin's appearance and texture

  4. You shouldn't judge a man by his appearance.

  5. Have you noticed any changes in her appearance?

  6. He appears to be happy, but appearances can be deceptive.

  7. Their expensive home created a false appearance of success and happiness.

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Origin and Etymology of appearance

see appear


APPEARANCE Defined for English Language Learners

appearance

noun

Definition of appearance for English Language Learners

  • : 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


APPEARANCE Defined for Kids

appearance

noun ap·pear·ance \ ə-ˈpir-əns \

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 Dictionary

appearance

noun ap·pear·ance \ ə-ˈpir-ən(t)s \

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

appear

play \ə-ˈpi(ə)r\ intransitive verb

Law Dictionary

appearance

noun ap·pear·ance

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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