- Appearance is defined as the way that someone, or something, looks.
An example of a disheveled appearance is a person whose clothes are sloppy and who is said to have a disheveled look about him.
- the act or an instance of appearing
- the look or outward aspect of a person or thing
- anything that appears; thing seen
- Archaic an apparition
- an outward show; pretense: to give the appearance of being busy
- the way things seem to be: from all appearances he's innocent
Origin of appearanceMiddle English aparaunce ; from Old French aparance ; from Late Latin apparentia ; from apparere, appear
keep up appearances
to maintain an outward show of being proper, decorous, well-off, etc.
make an appearance
- to put in an appearance
- to appear publicly
put in an appearance
to be present for a short time, as at a party, meeting, etc.
- The act or an instance of coming into sight.
- The act or an instance of coming into public view: The author made a rare personal appearance.
- Outward aspect: an untidy appearance.
- Something that appears; a phenomenon.
- A superficial aspect; a semblance: keeping up an appearance of wealth.
- appearances Outward indications; circumstances: a cheerful person, to all appearances.
- The act of appearing or coming into sight; the act of becoming visible to the eye.
- His sudden appearance surprised me.
- A thing seen; a phenomenon; an apparition.
- There was a strange appearance in the sky.
- Personal presence; look; aspect; mien.
- Apparent likeness; external show; how something appears to others.
- Some people say I'm shallow because I care so much about my appearance.
- 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.
- A person makes his appearance as an historian, an artist, or an orator.
- David Beckham's first appearance with the LA Galaxy at Giants Stadium against the New York Red Bulls last night drew a crowd of 66237.
- (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.
- (medicine) Chiefly used by nurses: the act of defecation by a patient.
- The patient had a small bowel obstruction and there was no appearance until after the obstruction resolved.
appearance - Legal Definition
- The coming into a court to participate in a court proceeding by a party who has been validly served process or by a party who is voluntarily submitting itself to the court’s jurisdiction.
- The coming into a court to participate in a court proceeding by a witness or an interested person or by a lawyer acting on behalf of a party or interested person.
An appearance by one who is required to do so because he has been validly served with process.entry of appearance
The formal act of an attorney notifying a court of his representation of a party to the proceedings, either by written document, or orally in open court.general appearance
An appearance wherein a party consents to the court’s jurisdiction and waives the ability to later contest the court’s authority to reach a binding decision against her in the case.initial appearance
A criminal defendant’s first appearance in court. Usually, this is when the charges are read to the defendant or the defendant is given a copy of the charges, the defendant is advised of his rights and enters a plea, and the amount of bail (if bail is not denied) is determined. See also arraignment and presentment.special appearance
An appearance made for the sole reason of contesting the court’s jurisdiction over the defendant.voluntary appearance
An appearance by one who has not yet been served with process in the case.