[ lahyk-nis ]
/ ˈlaɪk nɪs /


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.

Nearby words

  1. likelihood,
  2. likely,
  3. likely as not,
  4. likeminded,
  5. liken,
  7. likes of, the,
  8. likewise,
  9. likin,
  10. liking

Origin of likeness

before 950; Middle English liknesse, Old English līcnes, variant of gelīcnes. See alike, -ness Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for likeness


/ (ˈlaɪknɪs) /


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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