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[ri-zem-bluh ns] /rɪˈzɛm bləns/
the state or fact of resembling; similarity.
a degree, kind, or point of likeness.
a likeness, appearance, or semblance of something.
1350-1400; Middle English < Anglo-French, equivalent to resembl(er) to resemble + -ance -ance
Related forms
nonresemblance, noun
preresemblance, noun
1. Resemblance, similarity imply that there is a likeness between two or more people or things. Resemblance indicates primarily a likeness in appearance, either a striking one or one which merely serves as a reminder to the beholder: The boy has a strong resemblance to his father. Similarity may imply a surface likeness, but usually suggests also a likeness in other characteristics: There is a similarity in their tastes and behavior. 2. analogy, similitude. 3. image.
1. difference. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for resemblance
  • Any resemblance to real persons is purely coincidental.
  • Biochemists can thus resort to rough predictions of protein structure based on calculations of family resemblance.
  • The common name refers to the petals' resemblance to kittens' ears.
  • The main upside to their resemblance is enhanced protection.
  • Grown for spectacular flowers, which bear a startling resemblance to the heads of crested tropical birds.
  • Into the hole goes a harp trap, named for its resemblance to the musical instrument.
  • It is a plurality of different things that do not share any one element but nevertheless bear a resemblance to one another.
  • But the digital printers used commercially bear scant resemblance to the devices used at home.
  • The results suggested a close resemblance to the gavial.
  • It's difficult to verify, but he certainly bears a striking resemblance to the face sweeping cyberspace.
British Dictionary definitions for resemblance


the state or quality of resembling; likeness or similarity in nature, appearance, etc
the degree or extent to which or the respect in which a likeness exists
something resembling something else; semblance; likeness
Derived Forms
resemblant, adjective
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Word Origin and History for resemblance

late 14c., from Anglo-French resemblance (c.1300), from Old French resembler (see resemble) + -ance.

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