Your appearance is how you look: your clothes, hair, facial expression, skin tone, and posture all factor into your overall appearance.

Ever had to go somewhere you didn't want to go? If you stopped by just briefly, you made an appearance. But this word more often has to do with how things look. Your appearance is created by everything people can see, from your hair down to your shoes. Sometimes appearances can be deceiving: maybe you give an appearance of confidence, but you're really nervous inside. The saying "don't judge a book by its cover" means "don't judge by appearances."

Definitions of appearance
  1. noun
    outward or visible aspect of a person or thing
    synonyms: visual aspect
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    youthful appearance in an old person
    physical appearance
    outward appearance
    color, colour
    the appearance of objects (or light sources) described in terms of a person's perception of their hue and lightness (or brightness) and saturation
    texture and appearance of the skin of the face
    effect, impression
    an outward appearance
    linear perspective, perspective
    the appearance of things relative to one another as determined by their distance from the viewer
    (astronomy) the particular appearance of a body's state of illumination (especially one of the recurring shapes of the part of Earth's moon that is illuminated by the sun)
    vanishing point
    the appearance of a point on the horizon at which parallel lines converge
    the purely external aspect of a thing; superficial appearance
    the general appearance of a publication
    cast, form, shape
    the visual appearance of something or someone
    image, persona
    (Jungian psychology) a personal facade that one presents to the world
    color, colour, gloss, semblance, veneer
    an outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading
    the general outward appearance of something
    countenance, visage
    the appearance conveyed by a person's face
    hairiness, pilosity
    the quality of having hair
    the quality of not having hair
    the qualities that give pleasure to the senses
    qualities of appearance that do not give pleasure to the senses
    deformity, disfiguration, disfigurement
    an appearance that has been spoiled or is misshapen
    homeliness, plainness
    an appearance that is not attractive or beautiful
    blemish, defect, mar
    a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body)
    discoloration, discolouration, stain
    a soiled or discolored appearance
    the appearance of being plain and unpretentious
    elaborateness, ornateness
    an ornate appearance; being elaborately (even excessively) decorated
    an appearance that serves to decorate and make something more attractive
    a pale and sickly appearance
    the quality of being well-groomed and neatly tailored
    the impression produced by a person
    the general impression that something (a person or organization or product) presents to the public
    the impression created by doing something unusual or extraordinary that people notice and remember
    tout ensemble
    a total impression or effect of something made up of individual parts
    color of law, colour of law
    a mere semblance of legal right; something done with the apparent authority of law but actually in contravention of law
    an insubstantial or vague semblance
    face value
    the apparent worth as opposed to the real worth
    guise, pretence, pretense, pretext
    an artful or simulated semblance
    camouflage, disguise
    an outward semblance that misrepresents the true nature of something
    the appearance of truth; the quality of seeming to be true
    aspect, expression, face, facial expression, look
    the feelings expressed on a person's face
    poker face
    a face without any interpretable expression (as that of a good poker player)
    hirsuteness, hirsutism
    excessive hairiness
    raw beauty
    beauty that is stark and powerfully impressive
    glory, resplendence, resplendency
    brilliant radiant beauty
    extreme beauty of a delicate sort
    visually vivid and pleasing
    an agreeable beauty that gives pleasure or enjoyment
    physical beauty (especially of a woman)
    glamor, glamour
    alluring beauty or charm (often with sex-appeal)
    beauteousness, comeliness, fairness, loveliness
    the quality of being good looking and attractive
    cuteness, prettiness
    the quality of being appealing in a delicate or graceful way (of a girl or young woman)
    good looks, handsomeness
    the quality of having regular well-defined features (especially of a man)
    sexual allure
    ugliness that is unpleasant to look at
    grotesqueness, grotesquerie, grotesquery
    ludicrous or incongruous unnaturalness or distortion
    garishness, gaudiness
    strident color or excessive ornamentation
    the quality of being unpleasant
    dreadful ugliness; horrible repulsiveness
    an ugliness of appearance that is not appealing to viewers
    birthmark, nevus
    a blemish on the skin that is formed before birth
    chatter mark
    a mark made by a chattering tool on the surface of a workpiece
    check, chip
    a mark left after a small piece has been chopped or broken off of something
    a blemish resulting from a break without complete separation of the parts
    dent, ding, divot, gouge, nick
    an impression in a surface (as made by a blow)
    something very ugly and offensive
    a small congenital pigmented spot on the skin
    mark, scar, scrape, scratch
    an indication of damage
    burn, burn mark
    a place or area that has been burned (especially on a person's body)
    blot, daub, slur, smear, smirch, smudge, spot
    a blemish made by dirt
    a discoloration caused by heat
    a discoloration caused by blood
    iron mold, iron mould
    a spot caused the staining with rust or ink
    mud stain
    a stain produced by mud
    oil stain
    a stain produced by oil
    discoloration of metal surface caused by oxidation
    a skin lesion that is a diagnostic sign of some disease
    verruca, wart
    (pathology) a firm abnormal elevated blemish on the skin; caused by a virus
    chasteness, restraint, simpleness, simplicity
    lack of ornamentation
    austereness, austerity, severeness, severity
    extreme plainness
    bareness, starkness
    an extreme lack of furnishings or ornamentation
    flamboyance, floridity, floridness, showiness
    extravagant elaborateness
    unnecessary elaborateness in details
    coating, finish, finishing
    a decorative texture or appearance of a surface (or the substance that gives it that appearance)
    milium, whitehead
    a small whitish lump in the skin due to a clogged sebaceous gland
    blackhead, comedo
    a black-tipped plug clogging a pore of the skin
    phase of the moon
    a time when the Moon presents a particular recurring appearance
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    an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone
  2. noun
    a mental representation
    “I tried to describe his appearance to the police”
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    illusion, semblance
    an erroneous mental representation
    3-D, 3D, three-D
    having a three-dimensional form or appearance
    the outward appearance of a person
    apparition, fantasm, phantasm, phantasma, phantom, shadow
    something existing in perception only
    the apparent enlargement of a bright object when viewed against a dark background
    phantom limb
    the illusion that a limb still exists after it has been amputated
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    internal representation, mental representation, representation
    a presentation to the mind in the form of an idea or image
  3. noun
    pretending that something is the case in order to make a good impression
    “they try to keep up appearances
    synonyms: show
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    feigning, pretence, pretending, pretense, simulation
    the act of giving a false appearance
  4. noun
    the event of coming into sight
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    the event of passing out of sight
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    the event of something appearing again
    manifestation, materialisation, materialization
    an appearance in bodily form (as of a disembodied spirit)
    a clear appearance
    apparition, visitation
    the appearance of a ghostlike figure
    egress, emersion
    (astronomy) the reappearance of a celestial body after an eclipse
    a divine manifestation
    a visible (but not necessarily material) manifestation of a deity to a human person
    Word of God
    a manifestation of the mind and will of God
    tidal wave
    an overwhelming manifestation of some emotion or phenomenon
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    happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent
    an event that happens
  5. noun
    the act of appearing in public view
    “the rookie made a brief appearance in the first period”
    “it was Bernhardt's last appearance in America”
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    disappearance, disappearing
    the act of leaving secretly or without explanation
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    an act of appearing or becoming visible unexpectedly
    emergence, emersion
    the act of emerging
    reappearance, return
    the act of someone appearing again
    return by a celebrity to some previously successful activity
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    the act of arriving at a certain place
  6. noun
    formal attendance (in court or at a hearing) of a party in an action
    synonyms: appearing, coming into court
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    attendance, attending
    the act of being present (at a meeting or event etc.)
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