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facade

noun fa·cade \fə-ˈsäd\

Simple Definition of facade

  • : the front of a building

  • : a way of behaving or appearing that gives other people a false idea of your true feelings or situation

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of facade

  1. 1 :  the front of a building; also :  any face of a building given special architectural treatment <a museum's east facade>

  2. 2 :  a false, superficial, or artificial appearance or effect

Examples of facade in a sentence

  1. “I mean, don't you find yourself being extra careful about what you say and how you say it? As if you have to be this phony, put on a facade, because you don't want to give them the wrong impression?” —Terry McMillan, Waiting to Exhale, 1992

  2. When I watched him in motion picture roles after the war, I knew there was something of honest substance behind that acting façade. —Andrew A. Rooney, And More by Andy Rooney, (1979) 1982

  3. … but his magic power of concentration was gone. All the façades he built up between himself and his desperate love never entirely hid it. —May Sarton, Shadow of a Man, 1950

  4. the facade of the bank

  5. the windowless façade of the skyscraper

  6. They were trying to preserve the facade of a happy marriage.

  7. I could sense the hostility lurking behind her polite facade.



Illustration of facade

Variants of facade

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façade

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Origin and Etymology of facade

French façade, from Italian facciata, from faccia face, from Vulgar Latin *facia


First Known Use: circa 1681

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FACADE Defined for Kids

facade

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noun fa·cade \fə-ˈsäd\

Definition of facade for Students

  1. :  the face or front of a building





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