Definition of appearance in English:



  • 1The way that someone or something looks:

    ‘she checked her appearance in the mirror’
    • ‘I think there is a 90 per cent improvement in appearance and 10 per cent improvement in substance.’
    • ‘It was almost diamond shaped in appearance, but had many sides and the top and bottom were longer and pointed.’
    • ‘Simple in appearance and designed to be functional, the very first fabric awnings were only installed when and where they were needed.’
    • ‘It is simple in appearance, tasteful in design, short on text and decked out with color photographs.’
    • ‘Over the last fifteen years the quality of stock cabinets has vastly improved in appearance, detailing and durability.’
    • ‘Success led to an order for three more cars, similar in appearance, but designed for fast services on cross-country routes.’
    • ‘This service method is neat in appearance, sanitary, healthy, and moves the buffet line in a timely manner.’
    • ‘Many of the attendees appeared rather youthful in appearance.’
    • ‘Japanese marbling patterns were delicate and smoke-like in appearance.’
    • ‘It is elegant in appearance, and exactly designed after early eighteenth-century German models.’
    • ‘The degradation may have been seen visually as a change in appearance (colour, aggregation, odour).’
    • ‘If done well, and if the old landscaping was getting shabby, the improvement in appearance can have a large impact on the resale value of the house.’
    • ‘The ejecta blanket hits at a parabolic shape, similar in appearance to the dark parabolas seen around impact craters on Venus.’
    • ‘One claimed residents, some of the most desperate of the homeless on the city streets, have already noticeably improved in appearance and health.’
    • ‘Construction is slipshod, somehow temporary in appearance.’
    • ‘This car is powerfully designed and breathtaking in appearance.’
    • ‘He is tanned in appearance and has slightly long, dark hair.’
    • ‘However, up to one in 20 women are left with red, thick or painful scars that can takes years to improve in appearance.’
    • ‘For it is the cinematic equivalent of a battery-farmed egg: not exactly rotten, but surrounded by dozens of others just like it in appearance, shape and taste.’
    • ‘Initial improvements in appearance are promising, but data on long term outcome are not yet available.’
    air, aspect, mien, outward form
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    1. 1.1 An impression given by someone or something:
      ‘she read it with every appearance of interest’
      • ‘It was sad to see that the government is more interested in politics and appearances than in doing the right thing.’
      • ‘But take the time to talk to him and you realise just how deceptive outward appearances can be.’
      • ‘His appearance is of interest for his fans but it is not of importance.’
      • ‘If the last twenty-five years had taught him anything it was that outward appearances were wholly untrustworthy.’
      • ‘To all outward appearances, he appeared to settle into a post-band life of a cafe owner and general multi-media personality.’
      • ‘‘They give the appearance of legal process without any substance,’ he continues.’
      • ‘The fact that this offender was to outward appearances, a devoted minister to his adult parishioners is admirable.’
      • ‘It is dangerous to make assumptions based on outward appearances.’
      • ‘In the interest of maintaining the appearance of neutrality, there would be no speakers with any obvious political party affiliation.’
      • ‘To all outward appearances the shop-keeper was unaffected by the incident.’
      • ‘How can we be putting all this work into appearances when appearances bear no necessary relation to intent?’
      • ‘Don't judge by appearances, these can be deceiving, follow your heart and you cannot go far wrong!’
      • ‘Its impressive external appearance was merely a façade for corruption.’
      • ‘And because most people tend to judge by outward appearances, it's relatively easy to fool them.’
      • ‘It is often said that one should not judge by appearances and I whole-heartedly agree.’
      • ‘The other is that, when it comes to assessing the behaviour of princes, even the shrewdest observers are largely condemned to judge by appearances.’
      • ‘While most shoppers are well dressed and have an affluent appearance about them, you get the impression that the country's rising tide has not lifted all boats.’
      • ‘To all outward appearances, her sister and brother-in-law treated her well; they were affectionate with her.’
      • ‘The ugliness we sometimes encounter transcends outward appearances.’
      • ‘I was a first year medical student when I first realized that outward appearances occasionally belie the truth.’
      impression, air, image
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  • 2An act of performing or participating in a public event:

    ‘he is well known for his television appearances’
    • ‘Since then she has been making regular television and radio appearances and is regularly hired for public speaking.’
    • ‘His list of film appearances and co-stars is impressive.’
    • ‘This episode was enacted by performers who makes rare appearances in films.’
    • ‘If only the script and performances were as impressive as the guest appearances.’
    • ‘And with more TV appearances likely, it appears the runaway bride is not going away any time soon.’
    • ‘Like it or not, his role requires some public appearances at important events.’
    • ‘His public appearances are often jobs for the riot squads.’
    • ‘There have been few public appearances and no address to the nation on state television.’
    • ‘His plans include satisfying the public's desire to see the car by allowing it to make appearances at events and shows throughout the UK.’
    • ‘It's just about what happens in the studio or in public appearances.’
    • ‘Performances have also included appearances on both the big and the small screen.’
    • ‘Granted, security is a big concern whenever the president makes a public appearance.’
    • ‘In fact, he has supplemented his income by making appearances where he performed magic tricks.’
    • ‘In 1818 his orchestral compositions began to make occasional appearances at public concerts.’
    • ‘In the offseason, you have some time for public appearances and some endorsement-type situations.’
    • ‘Personally, I did a lot of public appearances at the weekends.’
    • ‘Yet there was the Queen of spin herself, backing the party's credentials by making a cameo appearance on our television screens dressed as a tea lady.’
    • ‘The pair are rarely pictured together and avoid joint appearances at public events.’
    • ‘Television appearances, charity events and photo-shoots have often crowded her schedule.’
    • ‘He has made several television appearances and has been a regular performer in recent years at the National Concert Hall, Dublin.’
  • 3An act of arriving or becoming visible:

    ‘the sudden appearance of her daughter startled her’
    • ‘Groupers hurried away to dark corners and a map angelfish put in a sudden appearance from behind a winch.’
    • ‘Kat hadn't realized that she had arrived home, and was shocked at her sudden appearance.’
    • ‘In our sleepy little town where things moved with the soporific gait of undersea vegetation, high fashion made its startling appearance all of a sudden!’
    • ‘The only fun she had that day was running through the newsroom, startling my colleagues with her sudden appearance at their desks.’
    • ‘Her overly cool voice sailed into the kitchen, announcing her appearance moments before she arrived.’
    • ‘The life of two brothers is shattered by the sudden appearance of their father, who they know only from a 10-year-old photograph.’
    • ‘It wasn't the sudden appearance of the cliff, just the fact of being lost.’
    • ‘After the deed is done, the time has arrived for the appearance of the detective.’
    • ‘The lack of, and in certain cases, the complete absence of gender equality in our own homes makes its visible appearance in our daily routine.’
    • ‘The disguise serves him while extorting information from a bank officer, then he uses it to deceive his nemesis if he puts in a sudden appearance.’
    • ‘One jarring element was the sudden appearance of guns towards the end of the play, when previously swords were the order of the day.’
    • ‘The sudden appearance of a foot in front of my face pulled a scream from my throat and the raiders wasted no time in grabbing me and dragging me into the open.’
    • ‘His sudden appearances, like the one today, prompted her to accuse him on stalking.’
    • ‘Her eyes opened at this statement, and her beautiful smile made a sudden appearance.’
    • ‘There were previously unheard of projects and homework that made a sudden appearance this morning.’
    • ‘Many were killed because a rope might break or because a climber could be startled by the sudden appearance of a furious bird.’
    • ‘The house has sparked to life with the sudden appearance of Graham, home on an impromptu break.’
    • ‘Max opened his mouth to try to smooth it over, but was cut off by the sudden appearance of five burly men blowing through the door to his right, obviously on their way out.’
    • ‘The whole scene of a sudden appearance of people had obviously been witnessed by quite a few others.’
    • ‘I asked with as nonchalant a tone as I could muster, as he jumped angrily at my sudden appearance.’
    arrival, advent, coming, coming into view, emergence, materialization, surfacing
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    1. 3.1 A process of coming into existence or use:
      ‘the appearance of the railway’
      • ‘The sudden appearance of an array of conservative politicians on the advisory panels is worrisome.’
      • ‘It is difficult to reconstruct in their fullness the ways of light in bazaars before the appearance of electricity.’
      • ‘If such laws do exist they indicate something of profound significance - the existence of a logic beyond the material appearance of the Universe.’
      • ‘From the very beginnings of life in the sea - the mollusks and trilobites - to the appearance of vertebrates, the author sets the stage for the evolution of sea creatures to land animals, tracing the development of fins to limbs, fish to amphibians and reptiles.’
      • ‘The first stage of the healing process is the appearance of the sickness.’
      • ‘This constellation represents the sudden appearance of the earth-born giant Typhoeus.’
      • ‘Such a system appears to have come into existence only after the Mississippian emergence and the appearance of chiefs.’
      • ‘Now the appearance of colour-screen mobile phones has raised new tasks for them.’
      • ‘Abnormal desquamation results in the appearance of visible scales associated with many pathologic skin conditions.’
      • ‘So the appearance of the dinosaurs cannot be a direct result of all these extinctions.’
      • ‘As we age, we most often gauge this process by the appearance of fine and deep wrinkles.’
      occurrence, manifestation, development
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Late Middle English: from Old French aparance, aparence, from late Latin apparentia, from Latin apparere (see appear).