Etymology
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appearance (n.)

late 14c., "visible state or form, figure; mere show," from Anglo-French apparaunce, Old French aparance "appearance, display, pomp" (13c.), from Latin apparentia, abstract noun from aparentem, past participle of apparere "come in sight, make an appearance," especially "be evident, be seen in public, show oneself" (see appear).

Meaning "semblance" is recorded from early 15c.; that of "action of coming into view" is mid-15c.; that of "a coming before the public or an audience" is from 1670s. Phrase keeping up appearances attested from 1751 (save appearances in same sense is 1711).

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Definitions of appearance

appearance (n.)
outward or visible aspect of a person or thing;
Synonyms: visual aspect
appearance (n.)
the event of coming into sight;
appearance (n.)
formal attendance (in court or at a hearing) of a party in an action;
Synonyms: appearing / coming into court
appearance (n.)
a mental representation;
I tried to describe his appearance to the police
appearance (n.)
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
appearance (n.)
pretending that something is the case in order to make a good impression;
they try to keep up appearances
Synonyms: show
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