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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Choose the Right Synonym for similarity

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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Recent Examples on the Web

The similarities in the men’s behavior were immediately noted on Twitter. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "R. Kelly Breaks Down During His Interview With Gayle King—Where Have We Seen This Toxic Masculinity Before?," 6 Mar. 2019 Unanswered Questions There were similarities in the three kidnappings from the Boca mall in 2007. Juan Ortega,, "Randi," 1 May 2018 While Jessa and Ben didn't go the alliterative route like Michelle Duggar, their sons' names share other similarities. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "See Jessa Duggar Seewald's Pregnancy Announcement Photo," 9 Jan. 2019 But as doctoral candidate Grace Kessler Overbeke notes in The Forward, the similarities stop there. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," 16 Dec. 2018 These similarities make it that much more surprising that there have been long-standing rumors of a feud between the two musicians. Temi Adebowale, Country Living, "Is There a Feud Between Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood? The Singers Settle It Once and For All," 25 June 2018 And in case the similarities needed to be any further solidified, Lili provided a spot-on imitation in the next pic. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Lili Reinhart Showed Off Curly Hair on Instagram," 30 Dec. 2018 All along, the similarities to The Walking Dead continue. Aja Romano, Vox, "Netflix’s new Watership Down proves the beloved children’s classic was a horror story all along," 30 Dec. 2018 The surface similarities between the two middle movies’ plots practically write themselves: both films are older, darker second installments in a prequel series where the opening salvo was derided as too kid-centric. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is the franchise’s Attack of the Clones when it should be The Last Jedi," 27 Nov. 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 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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to boil down or concentrate

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