sim·​i·​lar·​i·​ty | \ ˌsi-mə-ˈler-ə-tē How to pronounce similarity (audio) , -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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All three women shared similarities in working for major fashion houses that don’t hire many Black people. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Essence Fashion House: Three Black Women Discuss Difficulties Working At Luxury Fashion Houses," 7 July 2019 During 18th-century mining explorations and early 19th-century fossil digs, expeditioners noticed similarities in rocks over large geographic areas. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "Chronostratigraphy: How Scientists Unlock Deep Time," 30 June 2019 As the Wolverines have rattled off wins over the past week and a half in Omaha, Kerr has noted the similarities in their paths. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan baseball's Jimmy Kerr, after rare words from champ grandpa, flexes in Game 1," 25 June 2019 According to The Blast, the U.S. Patent & Trademark made the decision to decline Hailey's application, noting the similarity in names could cause confusion among customers. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Hailey Bieber's Request to Trademark "Bieber Beauty" Was Reportedly Rejected," 23 June 2019 The analysis compares known model legislation with bills introduced by lawmakers using a computer algorithm developed to detect similarities in language., "Never heard of model bills? Here's how they work.," 20 June 2019 There are two dissimilarities and 12 similarities in the two logos. Mark Curriden Of The Texas Lawbook, Houston Chronicle, "When Buc-ee’s Tracy Richardson says ‘See Ya Later, Alligator,’ he means it," 14 June 2019 Furthermore, the similarity in shape between the functional clay rings and the dough rings suggests that maybe the latter had been imitations of the clay loom weights. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Ancient, Inedible ‘Cheerios’ Found in Austrian Archaeological Site," 12 June 2019 But that is where the similarities end for the Women’s World Cup foes, who play against each other in their opener June 11 at 3 p.m. EST at Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims, France. Michelle Kaufman, miamiherald, "Getting to know the U.S. Women’s World Cup team’s first opponent: Thailand," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of similarity

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of similarity was in 1664

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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 How to pronounce similarity (audio) \
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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