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charlatan

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noun char·la·tan \ˈshär-lə-tən\

Simple Definition of charlatan

  • : a person who falsely pretends to know or be something in order to deceive people

Full Definition of charlatan

  1. 1 :  quack 2

  2. 2 :  one making usually showy pretenses to knowledge or ability :  fraud, faker

char·la·tan·ism play \-tə-ˌni-zəm\ noun
char·la·tan·ry play \-rē\ noun

Examples of charlatan

  1. <the famed faith healer turned out to be a charlatan>



Origin of charlatan

Italian ciarlatano, alteration of cerretano, literally, inhabitant of Cerreto, from Cerreto, Italy


First Known Use: 1618


CHARLATAN Defined for Kids

charlatan

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noun char·la·tan \ˈshär-lə-tən\

Definition of charlatan

  1. :  a person who falsely pretends to know or be something <The charlatan sold useless medicinal potions.>




Medical Dictionary

charlatan

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noun char·la·tan \ˈshär-lət-ən\

Medical Definition of charlatan

  1. :  quack





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