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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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 To be fair, Ellen's haircut in the pic does bear a certain resemblance to Suite Life-era Dylan. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Cole Sprouse Trolled Dylan Sprouse by Retweeting a Comparison to Ellen DeGeneres," 15 Oct. 2018 Finally, their resemblance to ships in civilian service could make those civilian ships targets, as an adversary tries to hunt down and eliminate these heavily armed ships. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Should the U.S. Navy Turn Merchant Ships into Floating Missile Magazines?," 10 Jan. 2019 This is six-month-old Louis' first appearance since his christening in July, but what makes the cameo even more special is his uncanny resemblance to his mom. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Looked Exactly Like Prince Louis as a Baby," 14 Nov. 2018 Surrounded by diamonds, the rare gemstone, which is known for its unique pink-orange glow and most typically found in Sri Lanka, bore a striking resemblance to the ring her mother, Sarah, Duchess of York, received from Prince Andrew in 1986. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "British Royal Engagement Rings Throughout History," 30 Sep. 2018 All of them bore a striking resemblance to a certain Yeezy muse: Kim Kardashian, who is clearly the main inspiration for this particular Halloween lewk. Dan Barna, Teen Vogue, "Urban Outfitters Releases "Influencer" Halloween Costume," 28 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of resemblance

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

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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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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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