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[sem-bluh-buh l]
  1. a person or thing that resembles or matches another; counterpart.
  2. Archaic. likeness; resemblance.
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adjective Archaic.
  1. like or similar.
  2. seeming or apparent.
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Origin of semblable

1325–75; Middle English < Middle French, equivalent to sembl(er) to seem + -able -able. See semblance
Related formssem·bla·bly, adverb
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Historical Examples of semblable

  • He said to them, "Suffice you with that I have said to you, for all be semblable in malice."

    Fifteenth Century Prose and Verse


  • And in semblable wise it was saide of Johan duke Dux Bedfordi.

  • I was so elate and hauteyn in my heart that I thought no man my peer, nor to me semblable.

  • Here I have written half a sheet with a picture in my mind of which you are getting no semblable idea.

    Pencillings by the Way

    N. Parker Willis

  • She is no minikin Michael or Guy or Maurice, but a semblable moving figure.

British Dictionary definitions for semblable


  1. resembling or similar
  2. apparent rather than real
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  1. something that resembles another thing
  2. a resemblance
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Derived Formssemblably, adverb

Word Origin for semblable

C14: from Old French, from sembler to seem; see semblance
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Word Origin and History for semblable


"resembling," late 14c., from Old French semblable (12c.), from sembler "to be like" (see semblance).

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