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the act or fact of appearing, as to the eye or mind or before the public: the unannounced appearance of dinner guests; the last appearance of Caruso in Aïda; her first appearance at a stockholders' meeting.
the state, condition, manner, or style in which a person or object appears; outward look or aspect: a table of antique appearance; a man of noble appearance.
outward show or seeming; semblance: to avoid the appearance of coveting an honor.
Law. the coming into court of either party to a suit or action.
appearances, outward impressions, indications, or circumstances: By all appearances, he enjoyed himself.
Philosophy. the sensory, or phenomenal, aspect of existence to an observer.
Archaic. an apparition.
keep up appearances, to maintain a public impression of decorum, prosperity, etc., despite reverses, unfavorable conditions, etc.: They tried to keep up appearances after losing all their money.
make an appearance, to come; arrive: He didn't make an appearance until after midnight.
put in an appearance, to attend a gathering or meeting, especially for a very short time: The author put in an appearance at the cocktail party on her way to dinner.

1350–1400; appear + -ance; replacing Middle English aparance < Anglo-French, Old French < Late Latin appārentia, neuter plural of Latin appārēns apparent

preappearance, noun
reappearance, noun
subappearance, noun

1. arrival, coming, advent. 2. demeanor, presence. Appearance, aspect, guise refer to the way in which something outwardly presents itself to view. Appearance refers to the outward look: the shabby appearance of his car. Aspect refers to the appearance at some particular time or in special circumstances; it often has emotional implications, either ascribed to the object itself or felt by the beholder: In the dusk the forest had a terrifying aspect. Guise suggests a misleading appearance, assumed for an occasion or a purpose: under the guise of friendship. 3. face, pretense. Unabridged
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appearance (əˈpɪərəns)
1.  the act or an instance of appearing, as to the eye, before the public, etc
2.  the outward or visible aspect of a person or thing: her appearance was stunning; it has the appearance of powdered graphite
3.  an outward show; pretence: he gave an appearance of working hard
4.  (often plural) one of the outward signs or indications by which a person or thing is assessed: first appearances are deceptive
5.  law
 a.  the formal attendance in court of a party in an action
 b.  formal notice that a party or his legal representative intends to maintain or contest the issue: to enter an appearance
6.  philosophy
 a.  the outward or phenomenal manifestation of things
 b.  Compare reality the world as revealed by the senses, as opposed to its real nature
7.  keep up appearances to maintain the public impression of wellbeing or normality
8.  put in an appearance, make an appearance to come or attend briefly, as out of politeness
9.  to all appearances to the extent that can easily be judged; apparently

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Word Origin & History

c.1400, "action of coming into view," from O.Fr. aparance, from L. apparentia, abstract noun from aparentem, pp. of apparere (see appear). Meaning "semblance" is recorded from early 15c.; that of "visible state or form" from late 14c. Phrase keep up appearances attested from
1760 (save appearances in same sense is 1711).
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