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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Both come out in large tureens with metal ladles, though that’s where the similarities end. Lillian Li, Bon Appetit, "We Like Our Crispy Intestines Extra Crispy," 6 June 2018 But that’s where the similarities between Stephan and Jones-Wright ended. Greg Moran,, "DA race: Early lead for Stephan against challenger Jones-Wright," 5 June 2018 But for Jay Ellis, who plays Lawrence, the similarities end with good looks. Mariah Smith, GQ, "The Rules of the Gym, According to the Hot Dudes of ‘Insecure’," 30 May 2018 That and the pop/rock title, however, are where the similarities end. Katie Ward Beim-esche, The Christian Science Monitor, "'The Way You Make Me Feel' follows a teen's journey from 'chill' to sincere," 16 May 2018 The similarities end on the inside, though the Armada is still very nicely equipped in the top-of-the-line Platinum Reserve trim level. Robert Duffer,, "2018 Nissan Armada review: The beauty of this beast is value," 11 Apr. 2018 However, police now believe the two cases are unrelated and any similarities are coincidental. King-tv, USA TODAY, "DNA on napkin leads to charges in 32-year-old cold case," 23 June 2018 The brand just unveiled its Atlantis palette, which comes out June 12 — and the similarities to Icy Betch are uncanny., "Fans Want Tarte's Fake Palette So Bad, It Already Has Dupes," 8 June 2018 And if those similarities aren't enough, both D'Souza and Stewart were prosecuted by the US Attorney's office for the Southern District of New York, the same one that is currently criminally investigating Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen. Amanda Golden, CNN, "Jake Tapper: The connections between Trump and those he's pardoned," 31 May 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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