Meaning of SIMILAR in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈsi-mə-lər, ˈsim-lər ]


Etymology: French similaire, from Latin similis like, similar — more at same

Date: 1611

1. : having characteristics in common : strictly comparable

2. : alike in substance or essentials : corresponding

no two animal habitats are exactly similar — W. H. Dowdeswell

3. : not differing in shape but only in size or position

similar triangles

similar polygons

• sim·i·lar·ly adverb


similar , analogous , parallel mean closely resembling each other. similar implies the possibility of being mistaken for each other

all the houses in the development are similar

analogous applies to things belonging in essentially different categories but nevertheless having many similarities

analogous political systems

parallel suggests a marked likeness in the development of two things

the parallel careers of two movie stars

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.