[sem-bluh-buh l]


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

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resembling or similar
apparent rather than real


something that resembles another thing
a resemblance
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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