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[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"
[n] 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"
[n] formal attendance (in court or at a hearing) of a party in an action
[n] outward or visible aspect of a person or thing
[n] a mental representation; "I tried to describe his appearance to the police"
[n] the event of coming into sight

Misc. Definitions

\Ap*pear"ance\, n. [F. apparence, L. apparentia, fr. apparere. See {Appear}.]
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 seed; 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. 1
5. For man looketh on the outward appearance. --1 Sam. xvi.
7. Judge not according to the appearance. --John. vii. 2
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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. Probability; likelihood. [Obs.] There is that which hath no appearance. --Bacon.
7. (Law) 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. {To put in an appearance}, to be present; to appear in person. {To save appearances}, to preserve a fair outward show. Syn: Coming; arrival; presence; semblance; pretense; air; look; manner; mien; figure; aspect.

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