Definitions for appearanceəˈpɪər əns

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ap•pear•ance*əˈpɪər əns(n.)

  1. the act or process of appearing.

  2. outward look or aspect:

    a person of noble appearance.

  3. outward show; semblance:

    maintained an appearance of honesty.

  4. the coming into court of either party to a suit or action.

  5. appearances, outward impressions, indications, or circumstances:

    By all appearances, they enjoyed themselves.

  6. the sensory aspect of existence.

    Category: Philosphy

Idioms for appearance:

  1. put in an appearance, to attend a gathering, esp. for a short time.

    Category: Idiom

* Syn: appearance , aspect , guise refer to the way in which something outwardly presents itself to view. appearance refers to the outward look: the shabby appearance of the car.aspect refers to the appearance at some particular time or in special circumstances; it often has emotional implications, either ascribed to the object itself or felt by the beholder: In the dusk the forest had a terrifying aspect.guise suggests a misleading appearance, assumed for an occasion: an enemy in friendly guise.

Origin of appearance:

1350–1400; ME < AF, OF < LL

Princeton's WordNet

  1. appearance, visual aspect(noun)

    outward or visible aspect of a person or thing

  2. appearance(noun)

    the event of coming into sight

  3. appearance, appearing, coming into court(noun)

    formal attendance (in court or at a hearing) of a party in an action

  4. appearance(noun)

    a mental representation

    "I tried to describe his appearance to the police"

  5. appearance(noun)

    the act of appearing in public view

    "the rookie made a brief appearance in the first period"; "it was Bernhardt's last appearance in America"

  6. appearance, show(noun)

    pretending that something is the case in order to make a good impression

    "they try to keep up appearances"; "that ceremony is just for show"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. appearance(noun)əˈpɪər əns

    the way sb or sth looks

    to judge someone by their appearance

  2. appearanceəˈpɪər əns

    the act of performing in public

    many public appearances

  3. appearanceəˈpɪər əns

    the act of arriving

    his appearance at the meeting

  4. appearanceəˈpɪər əns

    the beginning of existence

    the recent appearance of new cures

Wiktionary

  1. appearance(Noun)

    The act of appearing or coming into sight; the act of becoming visible to the eye.

    His sudden appearance surprised me.

  2. appearance(Noun)

    A thing seen; a phenomenon; an apparition.

    There was a strange appearance in the sky.

  3. appearance(Noun)

    Personal presence; look; aspect; mien.

    And now am come to see . . . It thy appearance answer loud report. u2013 Milton.

  4. appearance(Noun)

    apparent likeness; external show; how something appears to others.

  5. appearance(Noun)

    The act of appearing in a particular place, or in society, a company, or any proceedings; a coming before the public in a particular character.

  6. appearance(Noun)

    The coming into court of either of the parties; the being present in court; the coming into court of a party summoned in an action, either by himself or by his attorney, expressed by a formal entry by the proper officer to that effect; the act or proceeding by which a party proceeded against places himself before the court, and submits to its jurisdiction.

  7. appearance(Noun)

    , chiefly used by nurses: the act of defecation by a patient.

    The patient had a small bowel obstruction and there was no appearance until after the obstruction resolved.

  8. Origin: From apparence, from apparentia, from appareo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Appearance(noun)

    the act of appearing or coming into sight; the act of becoming visible to the eye; as, his sudden appearance surprised me

  2. Appearance(noun)

    a thing seed; a phenomenon; a phase; an apparition; as, an appearance in the sky

  3. Appearance(noun)

    personal presence; exhibition of the person; look; aspect; mien

  4. Appearance(noun)

    semblance, or apparent likeness; external show. pl. Outward signs, or circumstances, fitted to make a particular impression or to determine the judgment as to the character of a person or a thing, an act or a state; as, appearances are against him

  5. Appearance(noun)

    the act of appearing in a particular place, or in society, a company, or any proceedings; a coming before the public in a particular character; as, a person makes his appearance as an historian, an artist, or an orator

  6. Appearance(noun)

    probability; likelihood

  7. Appearance(noun)

    the coming into court of either of the parties; the being present in court; the coming into court of a party summoned in an action, either by himself or by his attorney, expressed by a formal entry by the proper officer to that effect; the act or proceeding by which a party proceeded against places himself before the court, and submits to its jurisdiction

Freebase

  1. Appearance

    In law, appearance is the coming into court of either of the parties to a lawsuit, and/or the formal act by which a defendant submits himself to the jurisdiction of the court.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'appearance' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1850

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'appearance' in Nouns Frequency: #714


Translations for appearance

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

appearance(noun)

what can be seen (of a person, thing etc)

From his appearance he seemed very wealthy.

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