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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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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web This month, students voted on a new, improved mascot: the likeness of Chief Wasilla, the Dena’ina Athabascan leader who gave the city its name, wearing shells and other locally specific regalia. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Wasilla High works with Knik Tribe to update, but not eliminate, its Warriors mascot after outcry," 29 Apr. 2021 Like stoles and furs, with the likeness of arctic foxes. Rohan Preston, Star Tribune, "After nearly losing home to foreclosure, entertainer Lorie Line has come back to relishing her life," 23 Apr. 2021 As is now the case, the likeness of George Washington will appear on the obverse, or head, side of the quarter, and a design focused on each woman will be on the reverse side. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "U.S. Mint to issue coin commemorating the late astronaut Sally Ride," 13 Apr. 2021 There are cookies bearing the likeness of musician Post Malone. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "Instagram a crucial tool for San Antonio chefs, restaurants, affecting menu choices, plating and even chefs' hygiene," 24 Mar. 2021 What percentage of basketball fans know the silhouette now is based on the likeness of Jerry West? Los Angeles Times, "Four Corners: Discussing Kobe Bryant’s likeness as part of the NBA logo," 7 Mar. 2021 Think glittery lip glosses, groovy makeup brushes, and collectible eye-to-face palettes in the likeness of Coach's unofficial mascots, Rexy, Sharky, and Uni. Karina Hoshikawa,, "Coach & Sephora Dropped The Coolest Makeup Collab," 2 Mar. 2021 Seventy-five years later, Scott’s version was more high-tech, with marionettes by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop (including a few made in the likeness of Vogue editors). Emily Farra, Vogue, "The Year in Fashion: The 29 Moments We’ll Remember Most From 2020," 28 Dec. 2020 What is sold over the counter by Belko, who has worked at the shop for four years, includes the artistic and appetizing molded chocolate creations sold only at Christmas time in the likeness of Santa. Philip Potempa,, "Sweet Dreams: Region’s custom candy and confections include visions of sugar plums," 10 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of likeness

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

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The first known use of likeness was before the 12th century

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“Likeness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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