Definition of resemblance in US English:

resemblance

noun

  • 1The state of resembling or being alike.

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

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

Pronunciation

resemblance

/rəˈzɛmbləns//rəˈzembləns/