[ ri-zem-bluhns ]
/ rɪˈzɛm bləns /


the state or fact of resembling; similarity.
a degree, kind, or point of likeness.
a likeness, appearance, or semblance of something.

Nearby words

  1. resection,
  2. resectoscope,
  3. reseda,
  4. reselect,
  5. resell,
  6. resemblant,
  7. resemble,
  8. resend,
  9. resent,
  10. resentful

Origin of resemblance

1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French, equivalent to resembl(er) to resemble + -ance -ance

SYNONYMS FOR resemblance
1. Resemblance, similarity imply that there is a likeness between two or more people or things. Resemblance indicates primarily a likeness in appearance, either a striking one or one which merely serves as a reminder to the beholder: The boy has a strong resemblance to his father. Similarity may imply a surface likeness, but usually suggests also a likeness in other characteristics: There is a similarity in their tastes and behavior. 2. analogy, similitude. 3. image.

Related formsnon·re·sem·blance, nounpre·re·sem·blance, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for resemblance


/ (rɪˈzɛmbləns) /


the state or quality of resembling; likeness or similarity in nature, appearance, etc
the degree or extent to which or the respect in which a likeness exists
something resembling something else; semblance; likeness
Derived Formsresemblant, adjective

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Word Origin and History for resemblance



late 14c., from Anglo-French resemblance (c.1300), from Old French resembler (see resemble) + -ance.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper