[ sem-bluh-buh l ]
/ ˈsɛm blə bəl /


a person or thing that resembles or matches another; counterpart.
Archaic. likeness; resemblance.

adjective Archaic.

like or similar.
seeming or apparent.

Origin of semblable

1325–75; Middle English < Middle French, equivalent to sembl(er) to seem + -able -able. See semblance

Related forms

sem·bla·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for semblable


/ (ˈsɛmbləbəl) archaic /


resembling or similar
apparent rather than real


something that resembles another thing
a resemblance

Derived Forms

semblably, adverb

Word Origin for semblable

C14: from Old French, from sembler to seem; see semblance
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