charade


cha·rade

noun \shə-ˈrād, -ˈräd\

: something that is done in order to pretend something is true when it is not really true

charades : a game in which players try to guess a word or phrase from the actions of another player who is not allowed to speak

Full Definition of CHARADE

1
:  a word represented in riddling verse or by picture, tableau, or dramatic action
2
plural :  a game in which some of the players try to guess a word or phrase from the actions of another player who may not speak
3
:  an empty or deceptive act or pretense <his concern was a charade>

Examples of CHARADE

  1. We've grown tired of your charades.
  2. <put on a convincing charade to keep her from knowing about the surprise party>

Origin of CHARADE

French, from Occitan charrado chat, from charrá to chat, chatter
First Known Use: 1776

Other Game Terms

bezique, carom, convention, crap, euchre, gambit, monte, parlay, tierce

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