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

  • n. An image or representation.
  • n. An unreal or vague semblance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An image or representation.
  • n. A faint trace or semblance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A likeness; a semblance; a mock appearance; a sham; -- now usually in a derogatory sense.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That which is formed in the likeness of any object; an image.
  • n. A shadowy or unreal likeness of anything; a phantom; a vague, unreal representation.
  • n. A formal sign; a sign which represents a thing by resembling it, but does not indicate it, or stand for the actual presence of the thing.

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

  • n. a representation of a person (especially in the form of sculpture)
  • n. an insubstantial or vague semblance


Latin simulācrum (from simulāre, to simulate; see simulate) + -crum, n. suff.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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