resemblance

noun re·sem·blance \ ri-ˈzem-blən(t)s \

Definition of resemblance

1 a :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

Examples of resemblance in a Sentence

  1. He doesn't look exactly like his father, but there is some resemblance.

  2. There is no resemblance between her and her sister.

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First Known Use of resemblance

14th century

Synonym Discussion of resemblance

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


RESEMBLANCE Defined for English Language Learners

resemblance

noun

Definition of resemblance for English Language Learners

  • : the state of looking or being like someone or something else

  • : something that makes one person or thing like another


RESEMBLANCE Defined for Kids

resemblance

noun re·sem·blance \ ri-ˈzem-bləns \

Definition of resemblance for Students

:the quality or state of being similar to another


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