Learner's definition of APPEARANCE
1 somewhat formal : the way that someone or something looks
The room has a neat/fresh/clean appearance. [=look]
The general appearance of the house is quite good.
The museum restored the painting to its original appearance.
lotions that improve your skin's appearance and texture
It minimizes the appearance of wrinkles. [=it makes wrinkles more difficult to see]
You shouldn't judge a man by his appearance.
Have you noticed any changes in her appearance?
He's very proud of his physical appearance. [=the way he looks]
2 [count] : a way of looking that is not true or real
He appears to be happy, but appearances can be deceptive/deceiving.
Their expensive home created a false appearance of success and happiness.
The furniture has the appearance of being made by hand. [=the furniture was not made by hand but it looks/appears as if it was]
Despite appearances, her company is very successful. = Appearances to the contrary, her company is very successful. [=her company is very successful even though it does not appear to be]
She is only attending the banquet for the sake of appearances. [=because people think that she should attend]
He was, to/by all (outward) appearances, a happily married man. [=he seemed to be a happily married man, but he wasn't]
Their meetings tend to take on the appearance of [=to look like] family gatherings.
His white beard gave him the appearance of an old man. [=made him look like an old man]
The playground gives every appearance of being a safe place for children [=the playground appears to be a safe place for children], but a tragic accident occurred there recently.
3 [count] : the action of appearing : the fact that something or someone arrives or begins to be seen — usually singular
The appearance of buds on the trees tells us that spring has arrived.
We were surprised by the appearance of smoke in the distance.
I wasn't expecting him to come and was surprised by his sudden appearance. [=I was surprised when he suddenly appeared/arrived]
4 [count] : the time when something begins to exist or is seen for the first time — usually singular
The appearance [=creation] of the Internet has changed our culture in many ways.
The technology made its first appearance [=appeared for the first time] in the early 1980s.
Before the appearance of the telephone, people sent messages by telegraph.
5 [count] : an act of being seen or heard by the public as an actor, politician, athlete, etc.
— often used with make
He has announced that this will be his final/last appearance with the band. [=the last time that he will perform in public with the band]
This is her first appearance [=the first time that she has competed] at/in the national championships.
She is making her first appearance at/in the national championships.
Tonight, he is making his first public appearance since winning the award.
He'll be making a special guest appearance [=performing as a guest] on the popular television show next fall.
6 [count] : the formal act of going in front of a person or group to speak, answer questions, etc. — often + before
keep up appearances
: to hide something bad by pretending that nothing is wrong
make an appearanceorput in an appearance
: to go to an event, gathering, etc., usually for a short period of time