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appearance

Noun

1 outward or visible aspect of a person or thing [syn: visual aspect]
2 the event of coming into sight [ant: disappearance]
3 formal attendance (in court or at a hearing) of a party in an action [syn: appearing, coming into court]
4 a mental representation; "I tried to describe his appearance to the police"
5 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" [ant: disappearance]
6 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" [syn: show]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From apparence, from apparentia, from appareo.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) /əˈpɪəɹəns/
  • (US) /əˈpɪɹəns/
  • Hyphenation: ap·pear·ance

Noun

  1. The act of appearing or coming into sight; the act of becoming visible to the eye; as, his sudden appearance surprised me.
  2. A thing seen; a phenomenon; a phase; an apparition; as, an appearance in the sky.
  3. Personal presence; exhibition of the person; look; aspect; mien.
    And now am come to see . . . It thy appearance answer loud report. --Milton.
  4. 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.
    There was upon the tabernacle, as it were, the appearance of fire. --Num. ix. 15.
    For man looketh on the outward appearance. --1 Sam. xvi. 7.
    Judge not according to the appearance. --John. vii. 24.
  5. 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.
    Will he now retire, After appearance, and again prolong Our expectation? --Milton.
  6. 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. --Burrill. --Bouvier. --Daniell.

Related terms

  • To put in an appearance = to be present; to appear in person.
  • To save appearances = to preserve a fair outward show.

Translations

The act of appearing or coming into sight
A thing seen
Personal presence
Semblance, or apparent likeness
The act of appearing in a particular place, or in society, a company, or any proceedings
The coming into court of either of the parties

Extensive Definition

Appearance may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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