resemblance

noun
re·​sem·​blance | \ ri-ˈzem-blən(t)s How to pronounce resemblance (audio) \

Definition of resemblance

1a : the quality or state of resembling especially : correspondence in appearance or superficial qualities
b : a point of likeness : similarity
3 archaic : characteristic appearance
4 obsolete : probability

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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 resemblance in a Sentence

He doesn't look exactly like his father, but there is some resemblance. There is no resemblance between her and her sister.

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But what really caught our eye, of course, were the nods to home decor spotted on two of the night's biggest stars (and this time, unlike some Met Galas past, the resemblances were intentional). Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Katy Perry and Tracee Ellis Ross Wore a Chandelier and a Picture Frame to the Met Gala," 7 May 2019 This year, for example, bears resemblance to 1969 weather-wise, during which the Category 5 Hurricane Camille wreaked havoc on the Gulf coastline. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "AccuWeather's 2019 Hurricane Forecast Predicts as Many as 14 Tropical Storms This Year," 17 Apr. 2019 The mermaids in Peter Pan may not be super memorable, but there is one mermaid who sticks out more than the rest, a young redhead who bares a striking resemblance to another famous Disney mermaid. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "20 Insane Disney Movie Fan Theories That Will Blow. Your. Mind.," 16 Apr. 2019 The desire for relative invisibility may bear no resemblance to the state of things 100 years ago, but the occupants of today’s significant townhouses with power façades skew toward what could politely be referred to as colorful characters. David Netto, Town & Country, "Is Roman Abramovich's Controversial New York City Mansion the Future of Manhattan Real Estate?," 30 Jan. 2019 The design bears a resemblance to her conjugal cypher with her husband. Eileen Reslen, Town & Country, "Here's Your First Look at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Joint Royal Monogram," 26 July 2018 People have been pointed out their resemblance since way back in Ari's Victorious days. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "This Fashion Blogger Looks JUST Like Ariana Grande and People Are Losing It," 21 Feb. 2019 Albert's paternity has been a source of historical debate for some time, due in part to his close resemblance to his mother, both physically and in temperament. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Who Was Queen Victoria's Uncle, King Leopold I of Belgium?," 18 Feb. 2019 David Pilgrim, the founder and director of the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan, said the Prada figurines bear a striking resemblance to the objects on display at his institution. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "Prada pulled a collection of figurines that drew comparisons to anti-black caricatures," 14 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of resemblance

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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resemblance

noun

English Language Learners Definition of resemblance

: the state of looking or being like someone or something else
: something that makes one person or thing like another

resemblance

noun
re·​sem·​blance | \ ri-ˈzem-bləns How to pronounce resemblance (audio) \

Kids Definition of resemblance

: the quality or state of being similar to another

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