Meaning of APPEARANCE in English

APPEARANCE

/ əˈpɪərəns; NAmE əˈpɪr-/ noun

WAY STH LOOKS / SEEMS

1.

[ C , U ] the way that sb/sth looks on the outside; what sb/sth seems to be :

the physical / outward / external appearance of sth

She had never been greatly concerned about her appearance.

The dog was similar in general appearance to a spaniel.

He gave every appearance of (= seemed very much to be) enjoying himself.

Judging by appearances can be misleading.

To all appearances (= as far as people could tell) he was dead.

When she lost all her money, she was determined to keep up appearances (= hide the true situation and pretend that everything was going well) .

SB / STH ARRIVING

2.

[ C , usually sing. ] the fact of sb/sth arriving, especially when it is not expected :

The sudden appearance of a security guard caused them to drop the money and run.

I don't want to go to the party, but I suppose I'd better put in an appearance (= go there for a short time) .

3.

[ C , usually sing. ] the moment at which sth begins to exist or starts to be seen or used :

the early appearance of daffodils in spring

the appearance of organic vegetables in the supermarkets

IN PUBLIC

4.

[ C ] an act of appearing in public, especially as a performer, politician, etc., or in court :

The Dutch player will make his first appearance for Liverpool this Saturday.

The singer's first public appearance was at the age of eight.

the defendant's appearance in court

BEING PUBLISHED / BROADCAST

5.

[ C , usually sing. ] an act of being published or broadcast :

the appearance of claims about the minister's private life in the press

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WORD ORIGIN

late Middle English : from Old French aparance , aparence , from late Latin apparentia , from Latin apparere , from ad- towards + parere come into view.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.