Definition of appearance
1a : external show : semblance Although hostile, he preserved an appearance of neutrality.b : outward aspect : look had a fierce appearancec 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 Englishb law : 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.
Origin and Etymology of appearance
First Known Use: 14th century
APPEARANCE Defined for English Language Learners
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
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
appear\ə-ˈpi(ə)r\play intransitive verb
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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