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

Baldwin gave off a striking resemblance to Diana that her fellow models and friends immediately noticed in the comments. Kaitlyn Frey,, "Hailey Baldwin Channels Princess Diana's Iconic Paparazzi Photos in Vogue Paris Shoot," 30 Aug. 2019 Apparently, the attorney said, Weaver bore a resemblance to the real attacker. Carol Robinson |, al, "‘I’m not a monster’: DNA clears young Bessemer man after 2 years in jail on rape, sodomy charges," 27 Aug. 2019 Of course, the 2020 race bears little resemblance to the last race — or any other primary in modern electoral history. Lisa Lerer, New York Times, "These Are the Mistakes Democrats Don’t Want to Repeat in 2020," 18 July 2019 Other Kennedy grandchildren have not shied away from politics, including Jack Schlossberg, the 26-year-old son of Caroline Kennedy and Edwin Schlossberg, who bears a dark-haired resemblance to his late uncle, John F. Kennedy Jr. New York Times, "The Kennedy Grandchildren: Bearing the Privilege and Burden of a Family Name," 2 Aug. 2019 Write something completely and indisputably original, with no resemblance whatsoever to any past recordings. M.h., The Economist, "The vexed question of samples and songwriting credits," 31 July 2019 Besides their similar first names, the only resemblance that Shaqir has with his father on is their high cheekbones and sharpened nose bridge. Dana Scott, azcentral, "Shaquille O'Neal's youngest son, Shaqir, chasing basketball dream at NCAA West Region College Basketball Academy," 26 July 2019 The league was predominantly run-oriented until the late 1970s, and the sport now bears only a passing resemblance to that three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust game. Kevin Cusick, Twin Cities, "The Loop Fantasy Football Flashback: Greatest Receivers of the Century," 19 July 2019 The resemblance between Leo and his dad, both in playing style and appearance, is striking. Danielle Rossingh, CNN, "Leo Borg follows in footsteps of famous father Bjorn Borg," 5 July 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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