Definition of resemblance in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The state of resembling or being alike:

    ‘they bear some resemblance to Italian figurines’
    [count noun] ‘there was a close resemblance between herself and Anne’
    • ‘If the result bears little musical resemblance to the original, it does capture the same hedonistic menace.’
    • ‘It explores many of the same themes but in a style which bears little resemblance to its predecessor.’
    • ‘It tasted chemical and bore no resemblance whatsoever to Béarnaise.’
    • ‘It is unlikely they bear any resemblance to Frankenstein's creation.’
    • ‘Okarito's few houses and two streets bear little resemblance to the goldrush town of a century and a half ago.’
    • ‘The papers they handed in at the end of the course bore little resemblance to what they produced at the beginning.’
    • ‘In May, planning chiefs ordered work to stop because the building bore little resemblance to the approved plans.’
    • ‘All the characters in it are invented, none bears any resemblance to anyone living or dead.’
    • ‘As the creation of the welfare state was high on the agenda of all parties, manifestos bore close resemblance on this point.’
    • ‘I had stared at my uncle to see if I could notice any resemblance between him and any of the men in the picture.’
    • ‘This response obviously bears no resemblance to the true answer.’
    • ‘The game no longer bears much resemblance to the sport it once was.’
    • ‘Now I see this written about in a newspaper on a weekly basis and I can only tell you that it has no resemblance to fact.’
    • ‘In order for this resemblance to be in any way complete, man had to be created with free will.’
    • ‘It was lovely to see her; there's a definite family resemblance between her and Mum.’
    • ‘But the past has shown that men come up with solutions that bear no resemblance to reality.’
    • ‘It sounds nothing like these, nor does it bear any resemblance to a dance number in any way.’
    • ‘Even more so, the vitreous resemblance to glass frames mutely enhances the colour of the wall behind it.’
    • ‘The authority said the building bore little resemblance to the plans it had passed and ordered work to stop last May.’
    • ‘We are fortunate that the real world bears little resemblance to this.’
    1. 1.1[count noun] A way in which two or more things are alike:
      ‘the physical resemblances between humans and apes’
      • ‘The patterns repeat themselves like family resemblances, the living seeing echoes of their own faces in old photographs.’
      • ‘One searches the family portraits for resemblances and finds hardly a trace.’
      • ‘But the resemblances cannot be stretched too far.’
      • ‘He carried a notebook in which he jotted notes or sketches of anything which caught his interest - an unusual design for a dovecote, or the resemblances between eddying water and braided hair.’
      • ‘Those physical resemblances, and many other attributes, would surely be traceable to the genes within each species.’
      • ‘The resemblances, after all, were vivid, and far from accidental.’
      • ‘I suppose that on maybe two or three tracks, at the beginning and the end of the album, there are faint stylistic resemblances, but the emotion and the intent seem to me to come from somewhere else entirely.’
      • ‘All the more striking, then, are the resemblances between their early experiences, in many respects uncannily close.’
      • ‘Any and all resemblances to other stories are purely coincidental.’
      • ‘All characters belong to my mind, the plot belongs to me… any resemblances are entirely and purely coincidental.’
      • ‘‘I may say that the people here look like themselves and have no resemblances to another nation,’ he said.’
      • ‘It has lately been the fashion to focus the mind entirely on these mild and subordinate resemblances and to forget the main fact altogether.’
      • ‘Molecular data enable workers to determine relationships with greater certainty than using physical resemblances alone.’
      • ‘The soundtracks extend the analogy by their resemblances to early sound recordings.’
      • ‘Family resemblances can be studied at length between reunions, and stories heard and reheard.’
      • ‘There are a few resemblances, but one cannot make a full parallel between the two.’
      • ‘We have a lot of expressions to acknowledge the resemblances present within families.’
      • ‘But although the surface similarities are remarkable, the deeper resemblances seem to flow from the primal nature of boxing.’
      • ‘No two situations will be exactly alike, but there will be resemblances.’
      • ‘And if physical resemblances were undeniable, that made it more important to defend the less tangible ground of mentation or behavior.’
      similarity, likeness, alikeness, similitude
      correspondence, congruity, congruence, coincidence, concurrence, conformity, agreement, equivalence
      comparability, comparableness, comparison, parallelism, parity, analogy, affinity, closeness, nearness
      sameness, identicalness, uniformity
      View synonyms


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