Definition of likeness noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈlaɪknəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlaɪknəs//
    Describing art
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] the fact of being similar to another person or thing, especially in appearance; an example of this synonym resemblance Joanna bears a strong likeness to her father. Do you notice any family likeness between them?
  2. 2[countable, usually singular] a painting, drawing, etc. of a person, especially one that looks very like them The drawing is said to be a good likeness of the girl's attacker. As a painter, he had the ability to produce a likeness in a single one-hour sitting. See related entries: Describing art
  3. Word OriginOld English gelīknes (see alike, -ness).Extra examples She bears a remarkable likeness to her aunt. She paid an artist to create his likeness. That is an exact likeness to the man I saw. That’s a good likeness of my grandfather. The children all share a strong family likeness. There’s a superficial likeness, but they’re really very different. a quick caricature that captured her likeness I can’t see any likeness between her children. The drawing is said to be a good likeness of the girl’s attacker.
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