Definition of resemblance in English:

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Pronunciation: /rɪˈzɛmbl(ə)ns/


[mass noun]
1The state of resembling or being alike: they bear some resemblance to Italian figurines [count noun]: there was a close resemblance between herself and Anne
More example sentences
  • In order for this resemblance to be in any way complete, man had to be created with free will.
  • In May, planning chiefs ordered work to stop because the building bore little resemblance to the approved plans.
  • It is unlikely they bear any resemblance to Frankenstein's creation.
1.1 [count noun] A way in which two or more things are alike: the physical resemblances between humans and apes
More example sentences
  • And if physical resemblances were undeniable, that made it more important to defend the less tangible ground of mentation or behavior.
  • Those physical resemblances, and many other attributes, would surely be traceable to the genes within each species.
  • Molecular data enable workers to determine relationships with greater certainty than using physical resemblances alone.
similarity, likeness, alikeness, similitude;
correspondence, congruity, congruence, coincidence, concurrence, conformity, agreement, equivalence;
comparability, comparableness, comparison, parallelism, parity, analogy, affinity, closeness, nearness;
sameness, identicalness, uniformity
archaic semblance



Example sentences
  • His reason for placing identity in the second group is that objects which are perfectly resemblant may still be numerically different if they do not coincide in both space and time.
  • He then turns to icons (where a ‘real metaphor is specified by powerful materials or resemblant elements’) and effigies; and he uses those ideas to open a meditation on iconoclasm, masks, theater, character, and comedy.
  • They are designed in order to get the most resemblant analogue audio quality and all of them are engineered, mounted and fully tested in our factory.


Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French, from the verb resembler (see resemble).

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