Definition of charade
1 : a word represented in riddling verse or by picture, tableau, or dramatic action (as intrusion represented by depiction of inn, true, and shun)
2 charades 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 in a sentence
We've grown tired of your charades.
<put on a convincing charade to keep her from knowing about the surprise party>
Origin and Etymology of charade
French, from Occitan charrado chat, from charrá to chat, chatter
First Known Use: 1776
CHARADE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of charade for English Language Learners
: 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
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