Definition of resemblance in English:

resemblance

noun

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’
    • ‘We are fortunate that the real world bears little resemblance to this.’
    • ‘Even more so, the vitreous resemblance to glass frames mutely enhances the colour of the wall behind it.’
    • ‘It is unlikely they bear any resemblance to Frankenstein's creation.’
    • ‘The authority said the building bore little resemblance to the plans it had passed and ordered work to stop last May.’
    • ‘I had stared at my uncle to see if I could notice any resemblance between him and any of the men in the picture.’
    • ‘The papers they handed in at the end of the course bore little resemblance to what they produced at the beginning.’
    • ‘But the past has shown that men come up with solutions that bear no resemblance to reality.’
    • ‘Okarito's few houses and two streets bear little resemblance to the goldrush town of a century and a half ago.’
    • ‘The game no longer bears much resemblance to the sport it once was.’
    • ‘It was lovely to see her; there's a definite family resemblance between her and Mum.’
    • ‘This response obviously bears no resemblance to the true answer.’
    • ‘It tasted chemical and bore no resemblance whatsoever to Béarnaise.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It sounds nothing like these, nor does it bear any resemblance to a dance number in any way.’
    • ‘If the result bears little musical resemblance to the original, it does capture the same hedonistic menace.’
    • ‘All the characters in it are invented, none bears any resemblance to anyone living or dead.’
    • ‘In May, planning chiefs ordered work to stop because the building bore little resemblance to the approved plans.’
    • ‘As the creation of the welfare state was high on the agenda of all parties, manifestos bore close resemblance on this point.’
    • ‘In order for this resemblance to be in any way complete, man had to be created with free will.’
    • ‘It explores many of the same themes but in a style which bears little resemblance to its predecessor.’
    1. 1.1count noun A way in which two or more things are alike.
      ‘the physical resemblances between humans and apes’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The patterns repeat themselves like family resemblances, the living seeing echoes of their own faces in old photographs.’
      • ‘But the resemblances cannot be stretched too far.’
      • ‘Molecular data enable workers to determine relationships with greater certainty than using physical resemblances alone.’
      • ‘We have a lot of expressions to acknowledge the resemblances present within families.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The soundtracks extend the analogy by their resemblances to early sound recordings.’
      • ‘But although the surface similarities are remarkable, the deeper resemblances seem to flow from the primal nature of boxing.’
      • ‘Family resemblances can be studied at length between reunions, and stories heard and reheard.’
      • ‘And if physical resemblances were undeniable, that made it more important to defend the less tangible ground of mentation or behavior.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘Those physical resemblances, and many other attributes, would surely be traceable to the genes within each species.’
      • ‘All characters belong to my mind, the plot belongs to me… any resemblances are entirely and purely coincidental.’
      • ‘No two situations will be exactly alike, but there will be resemblances.’
      • ‘The resemblances, after all, were vivid, and far from accidental.’
      • ‘One searches the family portraits for resemblances and finds hardly a trace.’
      • ‘Any and all resemblances to other stories are purely coincidental.’
      • ‘There are a few resemblances, but one cannot make a full parallel between the two.’
      similarity, likeness, alikeness, similitude
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

resemblance

/rɪˈzɛmbl(ə)ns/