from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Similarity; resemblance. See Synonyms at likeness.
  • n. One closely resembling another; a counterpart.
  • n. A perceptible likeness.
  • n. Archaic A simile, allegory, or parable.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Similarity or resemblance to something else.
  • n. A way in which two people or things share similitude.
  • n. Someone or something that closely resembles another; a duplicate or twin.
  • n. A parable or allegory.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being similar or like; resemblance; likeness; similarity.
  • n. The act of likening, or that which likens, one thing to another; fanciful or imaginative comparison; a simile.
  • n. That which is like or similar; a representation, semblance, or copy; a facsimile.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Likeness in constitution, qualities, or appearance; similarity; resemblance.
  • n. A comparison; a simile; a parable or allegory.
  • n. That which bears likeness or resemblance; an image; a counterpart or facsimile.
  • n. In geometry, the relation of similar figures to one another.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. similarity in appearance or character or nature between persons or things
  • n. a duplicate copy


Middle English, from Old French, from Latin similitūdō, from similis, like; see similar.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French similitude. (Wiktionary)



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