sim·​i·​lar·​i·​ty | \ˌsi-mə-ˈler-ə-tē, -ˈla-rə-\
plural similarities

Definition of similarity 

1 : the quality or state of being similar : resemblance

2 : a comparable aspect : correspondence

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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 similarity in a Sentence

I doubt that these words are related beyond a similarity in sound. The books share a similarity of ideas. I see a lot of similarities in them. Looking at these fossils, I see some similarity to modern-day birds. I see very little similarity between your situation and his.
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As the evening began, there were similarities to the 2016 election and President Donald Trump’s surprise win. David Bauder, The Seattle Times, "Midterm coverage was a roller-coaster ride of dips and dives," 7 Nov. 2018 However, as Lonergan confirmed, there are similarities. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "I Tried Free Bleeding in Period-Proof Running Shorts," 30 Oct. 2018 In the months leading up to the wedding, Buckingham Palace has released some details about her big day—and there are already some striking similarities between her upcoming nuptials and her cousin’s. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "How Princess Eugenie’s Wedding Is Taking Cues From Harry and Meghan’s," 18 July 2018 However, despite those differences, there are similarities between the two areas too. Grace Donnelly, Fortune, "These Are the Fortune 500 Companies Loved by Both Urban and Rural America," 11 July 2018 And there are certain architectural similarities — more about those in a moment. Blair Kamin,, "The national African-American museum still stirs the soul — and drops hints of what to expect at the Obama Presidential Center," 11 July 2018 In some ways, there are similarities to what occurred in 2016, when Republicans refused to consider President Barack Obama's pick to the court, Merrick Garland. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Supreme Court: Ron Johnson lauds Brett Kavanugh while Tammy Baldwin expresses reservations," 10 July 2018 But there are some similarities: Six of the suspects fired or brandished a gun at officers. Cynthia Sewell, idahostatesman, "Training, mental health, growth behind Idaho's spike in police shootings, says expert," 2 July 2018 Despite Brady’s disdain for Dillinger, there were many similarities between the two and in some cases, intentional parallels. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "'Kill-Crazy' Brady gang tried to out-gangster John Dillinger," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of similarity

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of similarity

: a quality that makes one person or thing like another


sim·​i·​lar·​i·​ty | \ˌsi-mə-ˈler-ə-tē \
plural similarities

Kids Definition of similarity

: the quality or state of being alike in some way or ways There is a similarity in looks between the children.

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