a representation, picture, or image, especially a portrait: to draw a good likeness of Churchill.
the state or fact of being like: I can't get over your likeness to my friend.
the semblance or appearance of something; guise: to assume the likeness of a swan.

Origin of likeness

before 950; Middle English liknesse, Old English līcnes, variant of gelīcnes. See alike, -ness

Synonyms for likeness Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for likeness

Contemporary Examples of likeness

Historical Examples of likeness

  • There was the name and the likeness of a man far more familiar to many of them.

  • There seems to be some likeness in the positions of Paul and myself.

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  • Addison has been less studied; and his likeness has consequently been less questioned.

  • The dissimilarity of the plays only accentuates the likeness of the two protagonists.

  • This is not altogether the fact, though I for one see no shame in acknowledging the likeness.

British Dictionary definitions for likeness



the condition of being alike; similarity
a painted, carved, moulded, or graphic image of a person or thing
an imitative appearance; semblance
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Word Origin and History for likeness

Old English (Northumbrian) licnes "likeness, similarity; figure, statue, image," shortened from gelicness; see like (adj.) + -ness.

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