appearance

noun
ap·​pear·​ance | \ ə-ˈpir-ən(t)s How to pronounce appearance (audio) \

Definition of appearance

1a : 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
2a : a sense impression or aspect of a thing The blue of distant hills is only an appearance.
b : the world of sensible phenomena
3a : 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
4a : something that appears : phenomenon
b : an instance of appearing : occurrence her first public appearance since winning the award

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web MacDonald said Hunter made his initial court appearance Thursday in San Antonio. Arkansas Online, "Texas man accused of shooting at Minneapolis police station during protests," 23 Oct. 2020 Kindambu made his first appearance in federal court on Tuesday. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Westminster Dog Show, Surgeon General cited, Las Vegas casino to debut: News from around our 50 states," 23 Oct. 2020 After his endorsement and a handful of virtual events, Sanders made his first in-person appearance for Biden at the start of this month in his Northeast neighboring state of New Hampshire. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Bernie Sanders falls in line for Biden campaign — for now," 23 Oct. 2020 Tory Lanez made his court appearance by phone in Los Angeles on Tuesday (Oct. 13), four days after he was charged with assault with a semiautomatic firearm and carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Tory Lanez Ordered to Stay Away From Megan Thee Stallion at First Court Hearing in Shooting," 13 Oct. 2020 Gregory made his first appearance in federal court on Wednesday. Lauren Hernández, SFChronicle.com, "Washington, D.C. man charged in fraudulent fundraiser for security guard killed at Oakland federal building," 7 Oct. 2020 Tom Herman made his weekly Zoom appearance Monday and said all the things Texas’ coach should two days removed from the sort of letdown that can alter a season. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Tom Herman not panicking after No. 22 Texas’ loss to TCU," 5 Oct. 2020 That day Hernandez made his initial appearance before a judge. Bree Burkitt, The Arizona Republic, "A timeline of the May 20 Westgate shooting, as detailed by police records and video," 3 Oct. 2020 Against the Twins, Valdez, 26, made his first postseason appearance. Nick Kelly, Star Tribune, "Houston Astros reliever Framber Valdez sharp," 30 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of appearance

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for appearance

re-formation (after appear) of Middle English apparence, aparaunce, borrowed from Anglo-French apparaunce, apparence, borrowed from Late Latin appārentia, noun derivative of Latin appārent-, appārens, present participle of appārēre "to be visible, appear"

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The first known use of appearance was in the 14th century

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26 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Appearance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/appearance. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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appearance

noun
How to pronounce appearance (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of appearance

somewhat formal : 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

noun
ap·​pear·​ance | \ ə-ˈpir-əns How to pronounce appearance (audio) \

Kids Definition of appearance

1 : the way something looks The room has a cool appearance.
2 : the act or an instance of appearing His sudden appearance startled us.

appearance

noun
ap·​pear·​ance | \ ə-ˈpir-ən(t)s How to pronounce appearance (audio) \

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

Other Words from appearance

appear \ ə-​ˈpi(ə)r How to pronounce appear (audio) \ intransitive verb

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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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