dis·​sim·​i·​lar | \ (ˌ)di(s)-ˈsi-mə-lər How to pronounce dissimilar (audio) , -ˈsim-lər\

Definition of dissimilar

: unlike people with dissimilar backgrounds

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dissimilarly \ (ˈ)di(s)-​ˈsi-​mə-​lər-​lē How to pronounce dissimilarly (audio) , -​ˈsim-​lər-​ \ adverb

Examples of dissimilar in a Sentence

The two movies are very dissimilar. The writers have dissimilar backgrounds. The question is not dissimilar to one asked earlier.
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At a time that’s not dissimilar to how people were feeling in 1940; there’s a tremendous cloud of dread hanging over the entire dumpster fire of the world right now. Lizzie O'leary, The Atlantic, "Elizabeth Gilbert Is Owning Her Past Mistakes," 15 June 2019 Between fielding phone calls, making dinner reservations, reading copy, and examining deceptively dissimilar cerulean belts, the actress somehow spared a moment to answer our 73 Questions. Vogue, "Watch Emily Blunt Fill In for Vogue’s Editor in Chief," 8 Nov. 2018 Outwardly, the journeys of Ms. Stevens and Mrs. Gaskell are quite dissimilar. Alexandra Mullen, WSJ, "‘The Victorian and the Romantic’ Review: A Doctorate in Desire," 28 Aug. 2018 All three Republicans — Thomas, Kavanaugh, Trump, who are dissimilar in background and temperament — deny the accusations. Isaac Stanley-becker, The Seattle Times, "Anita Hill’s claims echo in allegation against Kavanaugh. Three decades later, will anything be different?," 17 Sep. 2018 For the special televised occasion, Kate stunned with her signature glossy blow out, while wearing an incredible Alexander McQueen Bell Sleeve Floor Length Gown in a bottle green color—not entirely dissimilar to Meghan’s choice of green today. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's First Event Since She Announced Her Pregnancy Compared to Kate Middleton's," 16 Oct. 2018 Most people agree that there’s no real way to completely stop the production of look-alike Native American jewelry, not dissimilar to the difficulty luxury fashion brands face when attempting to stymie fast-fashion copies. Alexandra Mondalek, Vox, "Fake turquoise jewelry is hurting Native Americans economically," 24 Oct. 2018 And while her Givenchy wedding gown was a departure from the grand ballgown Eugenie wore to wed Jack Brooksbank, their reception dresses were just as dissimilar. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "All the Details of Eugenie's Second Wedding Dress–Compared to Meghan Markle's," 14 Oct. 2018 North paired her version of the pony with hair rings—not dissimilar to ones Grande's worn in the past—while Kim enhanced her look with burgundy eyeshadow. Zoe Weiner, Glamour, "Ariana Grande Hilariously Trolled Kim Kardashian and North West for Their Very Familiar-Looking Ponytails," 30 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of dissimilar

1599, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of dissimilar

: not the same : different or unalike


dis·​sim·​i·​lar | \ di-ˈsi-mə-lər How to pronounce dissimilar (audio) \

Kids Definition of dissimilar

: different sense 1 They have dissimilar backgrounds.

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to take the place or position of

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