appearance

[ uh-peer-uhns ]
/ əˈpɪər əns /

noun

Idioms

Origin of appearance

1350–1400; appear + -ance; replacing Middle English aparance < Anglo-French, Old French < Late Latin appārentia, neuter plural of Latin appārēns apparent

Related forms

pre·ap·pear·ance, nounre·ap·pear·ance, nounsub·ap·pear·ance, noun

Synonym study

2. Appearance, aspect, guise refer to the way in which something outwardly presents itself to view. Appearance refers to the outward look: the shabby appearance of his car. Aspect refers to the appearance at some particular time or in special circumstances; it often has emotional implications, either ascribed to the object itself or felt by the beholder: In the dusk the forest had a terrifying aspect. Guise suggests a misleading appearance, assumed for an occasion or a purpose: under the guise of friendship.
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British Dictionary definitions for appearance

appearance

/ (əˈpɪərəns) /

noun

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Idioms and Phrases with appearance

appearance


see keep up appearances; put in an appearance.

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