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noun fa·cade \fə-ˈsäd\

: the front of a building

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

Full Definition of FACADE

:  the front of a building; also :  any face of a building given special architectural treatment <a museum's east facade>
:  a false, superficial, or artificial appearance or effect

Variants of FACADE

fa·cade also fa·çade \fə-ˈsäd\

Examples of FACADE

  1. the facade of the bank
  2. the windowless façade of the skyscraper
  3. They were trying to preserve the facade of a happy marriage.
  4. I could sense the hostility lurking behind her polite facade.
  5. 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

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Origin of FACADE

French façade, from Italian facciata, from faccia face, from Vulgar Latin *facia
First Known Use: circa 1681

Related to FACADE

Other Architecture Terms

buttress, casita, cornice, fanlight, garret, lintel, parapet, pilaster, plinth
FACADE Defined for Kids


noun fa·cade \fə-ˈsäd\

Definition of FACADE for Kids

:  the face or front of a building


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