- the act or fact of appearing, as to the eye or mind or before the public: the unannounced appearance of dinner guests; the last appearance of Caruso in Aïda; her first appearance at a stockholders' meeting.
- the state, condition, manner, or style in which a person or object appears; outward look or aspect: a table of antique appearance; a man of noble appearance.
- outward show or seeming; semblance: to avoid the appearance of coveting an honor.
- Law. the coming into court of either party to a suit or action.
- appearances, outward impressions, indications, or circumstances: By all appearances, he enjoyed himself.
- Philosophy. the sensory, or phenomenal, aspect of existence to an observer.
- Archaic. an apparition.
- keep up appearances, to maintain a public impression of decorum, prosperity, etc., despite reverses, unfavorable conditions, etc.: They tried to keep up appearances after losing all their money.
- make an appearance, to come; arrive: He didn't make an appearance until after midnight.
- put in an appearance, to attend a gathering or meeting, especially for a very short time: The author put in an appearance at the cocktail party on her way to dinner.
Origin of appearance
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Examples from the Web for reappearance
His reappearance started the first of many searches, including air drops of written pleas.The Week in Death: The Last to Surrender
January 19, 2014
But his reappearance may be the last thing his party needs now, says Michelle Cottle.Dick Cheney Is Back and Rejuvenated, and That’s Bad News for the GOP
October 22, 2013
However, one of connecting tissues is the reappearance of the figurative eagle in the film.'The Shining': The Craziest Theories Behind the Film
March 28, 2013
The emergence of new startups and the reappearance of the backyard (or dorm-room) inventor is no real mystery.Jack Hitt Examines Why Amateurs Are the Job Creators
June 9, 2012
The reappearance of the "pepper pots on rubber casters" coincided with the return to office of Prime Minister Tony Blair.The Best of Brit Lit
July 6, 2011
She must get away before her admirers demanded her reappearance on the platform.A Nest of Spies
So he retraced his steps into the kitchen, curious as to the meaning of her reappearance.The Vagrant Duke
It came with the reappearance of the stranger round the corner of the barn.The Golden Woman
At the break of day she made her reappearance southeast of Nantucket.
But this reappearance shows that his detachment from the world was not complete.Victory
- the act or an instance of appearing, as to the eye, before the public, etc
- the outward or visible aspect of a person or thingher appearance was stunning; it has the appearance of powdered graphite
- an outward show; pretencehe gave an appearance of working hard
- (often plural) one of the outward signs or indications by which a person or thing is assessedfirst appearances are deceptive
- the formal attendance in court of a party in an action
- formal notice that a party or his legal representative intends to maintain or contest the issueto enter an appearance
- the outward or phenomenal manifestation of things
- the world as revealed by the senses, as opposed to its real natureCompare reality (def. 4)
- keep up appearances to maintain the public impression of wellbeing or normality
- put in an appearance or make an appearance to come or attend briefly, as out of politeness
- to all appearances to the extent that can easily be judged; apparently
Word Origin and History for reappearance
late 14c., "visible state or form, figure; mere show," from Anglo-French apparaunce, Old French aparance "appearance, display, pomp" (13c.), from Latin apparentia, abstract noun from aparentem, past participle of apparere (see appear). Meaning "semblance" is recorded from early 15c.; that of "action of coming into view" is mid-15c. Phrase keep up appearances attested from 1760 (save appearances in same sense is 1711).