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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Synonyms for appearance

Synonyms

aspect, dress, figure, garb, look, mien, outside, presence, regard [archaic]

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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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Wisler pitched 29 innings over 21 appearances out of the bullpen for the Padres, posting a 5.28 ERA and 1.52 WHIP. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres notes: Recognition will come with wins; Cordero, Castillo updates; Hosmer stays second; Wisler traded again," 5 July 2019 The writer-director makes a two-and-a-half-hour appearance on the latest episode of the Pure Cinema Podcast to discuss upcoming screenings at Los Angeles’ New Beverly Cinema, which Tarantino owns and programs. Clark Collis, EW.com, "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," 4 July 2019 Lloyd, who turns 37 next month, is the oldest player on the team and has 280 national team appearances with 113 goals. Anne M. Peterson, baltimoresun.com, "Carli Lloyd says 2019 U.S. World Cup team not a continuation of 2015," 4 July 2019 The teams have played just seven times, with the U.S. winning six and the teams tying once, and this is only the second World Cup appearance by the Dutch. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Nothing against Sweden, but World Cup final deserves a fresher matchup," 3 July 2019 Seven-hole hitter Ryan McMahon and eight-hole hitter Tony Wolters worked him for consecutive eight-pitch plate appearances in the second. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros rally past Rockies in classic Coors slugfest," 3 July 2019 Chara is Portland’s all-time leader in MLS regular season appearances (244), games started (242) and minutes played (21,412), across all eras. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive.com, "Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Chara on MLS All-Star selection: ‘Better late than never’," 3 July 2019 Johnson spent the majority of the time with the Mad Ants, while being called up to the Pacers sparingly throughout the season for 14 appearances. Tyler Kraft, Indianapolis Star, "G League standout Alize Johnson hoping consistency can create bigger role with Pacers," 3 July 2019 Also scheduled to make appearances over the Mall are the presidential Air Force One and Marine One aircraft. Darlene Superville, Twin Cities, "Trump touts July 4 military ‘salute’; critics see politics," 3 July 2019

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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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7 Jul 2019

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

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appearance

noun

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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