re·sem·blance | \ri-ˈzem-blən(t)s \

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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Some say that sons are attracted to women that remind them of their mother — and the resemblance between Princess Diana and Kate Middleton is uncanny. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Body Language Experts Analyze Princess Diana and Kate Middleton as Moms," 16 Apr. 2018 The two big electoral coalitions in the province are not exactly the same as the ones at the national level, but the resemblance is close enough that the campaign for governor may provide clues as to how next year’s presidential poll might unfold. The Economist, "A local election tests Indonesia’s ruling coalition," 22 Mar. 2018 The body suit and blonde hair are both trademarks of Khloe's style, which aids in the resemblance between the two sisters. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Kylie Jenner Looks Exactly like Khloé Kardashian in This Instagram Pic," 11 July 2018 The little black dress held slight resemblance to her custom Givenchy wedding gown with its bateau neckline and fit-and-flared silhouette. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Trusted Friend/ Stylist Advised on Her Ireland Wardrobe," 11 July 2018 Accounts of the 1957 festival bear a striking resemblance to the World Cup, down to the hanging of streetlights in pedestrian areas to better illuminate the faces of revelers. Amie Ferris-rotman, Washington Post, "At World Cup, Russians embrace the world, one relationship at a time," 9 July 2018 Once the resemblance to one of the most famous women in the world was noticed and widely agreed upon, however, things changed. Marci Robin, Allure, "Meet Model Renee Kujur, Rihanna's Stunning Lookalike from India," 5 July 2018 As automation grinds through jobs, wages and up the social ladder, a landscape with some disturbing resemblances to that foretold by Marx is coming inexorably into view. Andrew Stuttaford, WSJ, "‘Marx and Marxism’ and ‘A World to Win’ Review: Better Dead Than Read," 5 July 2018 Admittedly, this pizza bore no resemblance to the chef's original concept, but the result was undeniably tasty. Anchorage Daily News, "A revamped menu of comfort food at Rustic Goat restaurant," 5 July 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 \

Kids Definition of resemblance

: the quality or state of being similar to another

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