[ə'pɪər(ə)ns] or [ə'pɪrəns]


(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'.

(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'.

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

(noun.) outward or visible aspect of a person or thing.

(noun.) a mental representation; 'I tried to describe his appearance to the police'.

(noun.) the event of coming into sight.

Checked by Aubrey--From WordNet


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

(n.) A thing seed; a phenomenon; a phase; an apparition; as, an appearance in the sky.

(n.) Personal presence; exhibition of the person; look; aspect; mien.

(n.) 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.

(n.) 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.

(n.) Probability; likelihood.

(n.) 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.

Typist: Pansy

Synonyms and Synonymous

n. [1]. Coming, arrival.[2]. Appearance, spectrum, what is seen.[3]. Semblance, seeming, show, face, pretence, color, pretext, guise, fashion, feature.[4]. Mien, air, aspect, look, complexion, figure, manner, demeanor, personal presence.

Editor: Noreen

Synonyms and Antonyms

SYN:Advent, coming, arrival, presence, apparition, aspect, Manifestatlon,probability, likeness, exhibition, mien, manner, semblance, air, show, look,pretense, likelihood, presumption

ANT:Departure, disappearance, unlikelihood, non-appearance, concealment, evanition

Editor: Maynard


Typed by Betsy


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