[ si-mil-i-tood, -tyood ]
/ sɪˈmɪl ɪˌtud, -ˌtyud /


likeness; resemblance: a similitude of habits.
a person or thing that is like or the match or counterpart of another: This expression is a similitude of the other.
semblance; image: a similitude of the truth.
a likening or comparison in the form of a simile, parable, or allegory: He spoke by similitudes.

Nearby words

  1. similarity,
  2. similarity transformation,
  3. similarly,
  4. simile,
  5. similia similibus curantur,
  6. simionato,
  7. simious,
  8. simitar,
  9. simla,
  10. simmel

Origin of similitude

1325–75; Middle English < Latin similitūdō likeness, equivalent to simili(s) similar + -tūdō -tude

Related formsnon·si·mil·i·tude, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for similitude


/ (sɪˈmɪlɪˌtjuːd) /


likeness; similarity
a thing or sometimes a person that is like or the counterpart of another
archaic a simile, allegory, or parable

Word Origin for similitude

C14: from Latin similitūdō, from similis like

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Word Origin and History for similitude



late 14c., from Old French similitude "similarity, relationship, comparison" (13c.) and directly from Latin similitudinem (nominative similitudo) "likeness, resemblance," from similis "like" (see similar).

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