The Flying Dutchman is an example of an apparition.
The sudden apparition of the Spaniards. – William H. Prescott.
The apparition of Lawyer Clippurse occasioned much speculation in that portion of the world. – Sir W. Scott.
Which apparition, it seems, was you. – Tatler.
Origin of apparition
- Middle English apparicioun from Old French apparition from Late Latin appāritiō appāritiōn- an appearance from Latin appāritus past participle of appārēre to appear appear
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition