Clementines and tangerines are similar with both being in the mandarin class of oranges, but clementines are smaller and seedless.
The definition of similar is two things that have characteristics that resemble each other but are not exactly alike.
An example of similar is a cream skirt and a white skirt.
similar
- nearly but not exactly the same or alike; having a resemblance
- Geom. having the same shape, but not the same size or position
Origin of similar
French similaire from Classical Latin similis: see samesimilar
adjective
- Having a resemblance in appearance or nature; alike though not identical.
- Mathematics Having corresponding angles equal and corresponding line segments proportional. Used of geometric figures: similar triangles.
Origin of similar
French similaire from Latin similis like ; see sem-^{1} in Indo-European roots.Related Forms:
- sim′i·lar·ly
adverb
similar
Adjective
(comparative more similar, superlative most similar)
- Having traits or characteristics in common; alike, comparable.
- (mathematics) Of geometrical figures including triangles, squares, ellipses, arcs and more complex figures, having the same shape but possibly different size, rotational orientation, and position; in particular, having corresponding angles equal and corresponding line segments proportional; such that one can be had from the other using a sequence of operations of rotation, translation and scaling.
Noun
(plural similars)