late 14c., "visible state or form, figure; mere show," from Anglo-French apparaunce, Old French aparance "appearance, display, pomp" (13c.), from Latin apparentia, abstract noun from aparentem, past participle of apparere (see appear). Meaning "semblance" is recorded from early 15c.; that of "action of coming into view" is mid-15c. Phrase keep up appearances attested from 1760 (save appearances in same sense is 1711).
1. Marilyn made her last public appearance at Madison Square Garden.
2. It was the president's second public appearance to date.
3. The privations of monastery life were evident in his appearance.
4. Carol managed a few proper snivels for the sake of appearance.
5. Sikhs were expected to adhere strictly to the religious rules concerning appearance.