like·​ness | \ ˈlīk-nəs How to pronounce likeness (audio) \

Definition of likeness

1 : copy, portrait
3 : the quality or state of being like : resemblance

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Synonyms for likeness


icon (also ikon), illustration, image, picture

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likeness, similarity, resemblance, similitude, analogy mean agreement or correspondence in details. likeness implies a closer correspondence than similarity which often implies that things are merely somewhat alike. a remarkable likeness to his late father some similarity between the two cases resemblance implies similarity chiefly in appearance or external qualities. statements that bear little resemblance to the truth similitude applies chiefly to correspondence between abstractions. two schools of social thought showing points of similitude analogy implies likeness or parallelism in relations rather than in appearance or qualities. pointed out analogies to past wars

Examples of likeness in a Sentence

a stamp bearing the likeness of a president There's some likeness between them. There's an uncanny likeness between them.
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There will be a mascot race featuring likenesses of Winston Churchill, Freddie Mercury, Henry VIII and the Loch Ness Monster. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Coming to London: Yankees vs. Red Sox vs. the Great British Summer," 25 June 2019 The marble bas-relief, sculpted by Austrian-American artist Karl Bitter, once stood alongside a medallion likeness of Foster in a Renaissance-style bronze frame created by American architect and sculptor Charles Rollinson Lamb. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Long-Forgotten Monument to Prison Reformer Will Be Reinstalled in New York Courthouse," 17 June 2019 Each glass features a 3-D likeness of America’s greatest mountain peaks—Half Dome, Denali, Mt. Rainer, and Mt. Whitney. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "31 Great Gifts for Father’s Day 2019," 5 June 2019 Judging by her appearance on Tuesday’s episode of The Late Late Show With James Corden, sweet (and sometimes super stressful) dreams are apparently made of wild moments starring the likeness of the Canadian pop star. Joey Nolfi,, "Carly Rae Jepsen reads hilarious tweet dreams in cute James Corden clip," 5 June 2019 This isn’t the first time that Epic Games has brazenly misappropriated the likeness of African-American talent. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Epic Games is getting sued for turning rapper 2 Milly’s dance into a Fortnite emote," 5 Dec. 2018 The name Anemone was born out of their favorite flower, likenesses of which are featured in their embroideries, along with poppies, ranunculus, and narcissus. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Anemone is a New Swimwear Line Inspired by One of Kate Moss’s Minimalist Dresses From the ’90s," 26 Nov. 2018 The 25-foot likeness of the actor was erected in front of London Bridge in honor of Jurassic Park's 25th anniversary. Sally Holmes, Marie Claire, "Jeff Goldblum Proves Humans Can Be Attracted to Statues," 18 July 2018 The likeness of Ludwig Hudepohl II is part of a stained glass window at the Sam Adams barrel room on Central Parkway in the West End. Chris Mayhew,, "Hudepohl smokestack: A soon-to-be demolished icon of Cincinnati German beer history," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of likeness

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of likeness

: a picture of a person
: the quality or state of being alike or similar especially in appearance


like·​ness | \ ˈlīk-nəs How to pronounce likeness (audio) \

Kids Definition of likeness

1 : the state of being similar : resemblance
2 : a picture of a person : portrait

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