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 The Independence Day Cup race will be the first appearance for NASCAR’s premier series since 1956. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 June 2021 This is Guns N' Roses first Valley appearance since August 2016, when the Not in this... Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 2 June 2021 Plus, this is Central Connecticut’s third NCAA Tournament appearance in the last four draws. oregonlive, 2 June 2021 But there’s not much to him beyond that appearance. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 2 June 2021 An elegant custom address plaque gives you extra detail to boost your home’s appearance. Chris Hachey, BGR, 2 June 2021 The sign of the twins can perform a complete and instant personality change without changing a single thing about their clothing and appearance and be unrecognizable as though wearing a disguise. Holiday Mathis, Arkansas Online, 2 June 2021 The interviews with actual astronauts—among them Mae Jemison and Frederick Gregory —provide the most enlightening commentary; Neil deGrasse Tyson’s appearance makes perfect sense. John Anderson, WSJ, 1 June 2021 Tensions persist in Tulsa ahead of Biden’s appearance Tuesday. Jonathan Lemire, ajc, 1 June 2021

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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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5 Jun 2021

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“Appearance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/appearance. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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 appearance (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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