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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The roster bears little resemblance to the one that left the field in a 35-3 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last Dec. 30 to finish 4-12. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Raiders’ whirlwind off-season — the eight most significant developments," 14 June 2019 But in tone, style and rhythm, the movie bears little resemblance to those earlier pictures (which did not, of course, particularly resemble each other). Justin Chang, Twin Cities, "‘The Last Black Man in San Francisco’ is a gorgeous, moving ode to a city in flux," 13 June 2019 Done in Euro Beech, the wood matches the shelving at the ends of the island and the sleekly designed custom range hood over the stove that bears little resemblance to the cookie-cutter, often industrial versions. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "A 15-foot island made this Chandler couple's kitchen the entertaining space they craved," 13 June 2019 Dessert came in the form of cotton candy globs, which bore a strong resemblance to the puff-ball ballgowns that occupied space in the room. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Candy Boys and Girls Got #CottonCampy at the Annual Pre-Met Party," 6 May 2019 Bearing a delightful resemblance to the classic VW camper, the blanket features a quilted front and even a small, portable carry case. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "This Camper-Inspired Picnic Blanket Is the Ultimate Retro Accessory for Summer," 11 Apr. 2019 But this doppelganger spotted in Hialeah and Miami International Airport has a striking resemblance to the socialist leader and people took notice. Johnny Diaz,, "El Jefe? Fidel Castro look-alike sighting turns heads on social media," 6 June 2019 Bezuidenhout, a South African comedy star with a passing resemblance to Buster Keaton (plus a clear talent for drama), superbly juggles the evolving Johan’s many moods and modes. Gary Goldstein,, "Review: South African music-drama ‘Kanarie’ ably hits the high notes," 6 June 2019 These habits continued into adulthood, and Dickie became a rich, arrogant loudmouth who made a deal with a devilish-looking guy (who bore a striking resemblance to Vladimir Putin) and somehow got elected President of the United States. Brendan Kiley, The Seattle Times, "Seattle-based Patriotic Christians for a Better America spreads anti-Trump gospel with cartoons," 26 Mar. 2019

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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