- 1 [countable, uncountable] the way that somebody/something looks on the outside; what somebody/something seems to be the physical/outward/external appearance of something 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). somebody/something arriving
- 2 [countable, usually singular] the fact of somebody/something 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 [countable, usually singular] the moment at which something 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[countable] 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[countable, usually singular] an act of being published or broadcast the appearance of claims about the minister’s private life in the press Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French aparance, aparence, from late Latin apparentia, from Latin apparere , from ad-
way something looks/seems