[ sem-bluhns ]
/ ˈsɛm bləns /


outward aspect or appearance.
an assumed or unreal appearance; show.
the slightest appearance or trace.
a likeness, image, or copy.
a spectral appearance; apparition.

Origin of semblance

1250–1300; Middle English < Middle French, equivalent to sembl(er) to seem (see resemble) + -ance -ance Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for semblance

/ (ˈsɛmbləns) /


outward appearance, esp without any inner substance or reality
a resemblance or copy

Word Origin for semblance

C13: from Old French, from sembler to seem, from Latin simulāre to imitate, from similis like
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