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charade

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noun cha·rade \shə-ˈrād, -ˈräd\

Simple Definition of charade

  • : 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. 1 :  a word represented in riddling verse or by picture, tableau, or dramatic action

  2. 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. 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



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