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

Origin of resemblance

1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French, equivalent to resembl(er) to resemble + -ance -ance
Related formsnon·re·sem·blance, nounpre·re·sem·blance, noun

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.

Antonyms for resemblance Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for resemblance

Contemporary Examples of resemblance

Historical Examples of resemblance

  • There was, indeed, a resemblance in their size and persons, which favoured the delusion.

  • Mr. Rockefeller did not discover the hog, but it is considered his by right of resemblance.

  • Our polite recognition of another's resemblance to ourselves.

  • He was studying the resemblance between Arabic and English words.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • There were many points of resemblance between Altamont and Hatteras, but no affinities.

    The Field of Ice

    Jules Verne

British Dictionary definitions for resemblance



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.

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