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.
Recent Examples on the Web More than a decade later, the economic carnage wrought by the coronavirus bears little resemblance to the recessions of years past. Washington Post, "Governments eye new taxes on cigarettes, homes and tech giants to pay for big budget shortfalls related to the coronavirus," 26 June 2020 First published in 1894, this romantic swashbuckler turns on the striking resemblance between a likable, slightly feckless young Englishman named Rudolf Rassendyll and the utterly boorish heir to Ruritania’s throne. Michael Dirda, WSJ, "‘Ruritania: A Cultural History’ Review: Charming Realms of Derring-Do," 26 June 2020 Kid M3mito’s start had the closest resemblance to how most esports athletes make it today. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "FIFA is a wildly popular game. Texas’ eMLS pros want to help its esports scene take the next step," 25 June 2020 Their resemblance to university students—left-leaning, outraged by racial injustices, willing to blame the institutions’ leaders for inadequate minority hiring and representation—looks striking. The Economist, "The media and prejudice Why race will continue to vex American newsrooms," 22 June 2020 Some of those hybrid crops now bear no physical resemblance to either parent. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Looking for something to spice up your garden life? This hybrid agave plant is a winner," 20 June 2020 Twelve vertical slats emphasize the vehicle's family resemblance to the AMG GT range. Jens Meiners, Car and Driver, "2021 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Has All the Same Power, Now with More Comfort," 17 June 2020 Waiter Rozi Khan was working at a small Kashmiri restaurant in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, when GoT fans noticed a striking resemblance. Majid Maqbool, CNN, "Tariq Mir, Jammu and Kashmir's Tyrion Lannister lookalike, dreams of Bollywood stardom," 12 June 2020 The eerie resemblance between our estimate of Mr Biden’s chances and many calculations of Mrs Clinton’s odds four years ago may give Democrats a sense of déjà vu. The Economist, "Model voters Meet our US 2020 election forecasting model," 11 June 2020

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First Known Use of resemblance

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

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29 Jun 2020

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“Resemblance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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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


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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