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

Definition of likeness

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 There are likenesses of Michael Jordan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sailor Moon and the Incredible Hulk, Hermione Granger and Ned Stark. Robert Ito, New York Times, "Ava DuVernay and Patty Jenkins Get the Funko Pops Treatment," 30 Apr. 2020 One plan, however, is already in place: if Germany’s pro soccer league, the Bundesliga, makes its expected return sometime in May, one team will have cardboard likenesses of its actual fans in the stands to greet them. Sean Gregory, Time, "German Soccer Fans Are Putting Cardboard Cutouts of Themselves in the Stands to Avoid Games in 'Empty' Stadiums," 29 Apr. 2020 Moore’s post included a video montage showing people punching, kicking and slapping a likeness of President Trump. Fox News, "Michael Moore retweets video of Trump effigy being punched, kicked, slapped," 22 Apr. 2020 The goal wasn’t so much to create a good likeness of the dead but to transform the once-living person into a servant of Osiris, the multitasking god whose portfolio included fertility, agriculture, life, the afterlife, and resurrection. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "In Montreal, Egyptian Mummies, in 3-D, Have Secrets to Share," 18 Jan. 2020 Natalie was wearing a shirt that bore a likeness of the Catlin Gabel boat, a vessel that now sits grounded on the school’s playground. oregonlive, "Catlin Gabel’s dirty secret: Former schoolgirls go public for first time about private school’s dark side," 11 Jan. 2020 Another statue of a first family member made waves in Slovenia when a Melania Trump likeness was unveiled in her hometown of Sevnica. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Trump monument in Slovenia burned to ground," 9 Jan. 2020 Lamar Jackson’s memorable Heisman season certainly warrants commemoration, but so have scores of other Heisman winners and culturally important athletes who have not been forever enshrined with a likeness. Hayes Gardner, The Courier-Journal, "Sports statues transcend athletics. So what are Lamar Jackson's chances of getting one?," 2 Jan. 2020 In a nod to a Connecticut institution, the official 2019 White House Christmas ornament will feature a likeness of a Sikorsky Marine One helicopter that has shuttled presidents since the 1950s. Stephen Singer,, "Sikorsky presidential helicopter selected as official White House Christmas ornament," 16 Nov. 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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The first known use of likeness was before the 12th century

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“Likeness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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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