cha·​rade | \ shə-ˈrād How to pronounce charade (audio) , -ˈräd How to pronounce charade (audio) \

Definition of charade

1 : a word represented in riddling verse or by picture, tableau, or dramatic action (such 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
Recent Examples on the Web Authorities eventually learned that the evaluation was never scheduled and was just a charade to allow Vicky White to sneak Casey White out of the jail without suspicion. CBS News, 6 May 2022 The charade: Fring has supposedly found Varga, and is turning him over to the Salamancas. Andy Meek, BGR, 28 Apr. 2022 The entire charade can't help but remind us of the earlier scandal in July 2019, when Trump attempted to strong-arm Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky into investigating then-candidate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. Michael D'antonio, CNN, 31 Mar. 2022 Your mother has created this character and this entertaining little charade because she is hurt. Washington Post, 26 Mar. 2022 Far from being a beacon of responsible statecraft, and cooperation, Putin’s Russia is a hostile competitor seeking to undermine our national interests while hiding its own decline behind a charade of traditionalism. Joseph S. Laughon, National Review, 2 Mar. 2022 What is the mental health toll of participating in a charade? Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 Feb. 2022 The truth is that Di and Charles had never loved each other, had barely known each other when they got married, and that the misery was built into this charade from the start. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 20 Jan. 2022 And because fewer and fewer people will fall for the charade, Netflix decided to film season 2 and 3 back-to-back. Josh St. Clair, Men's Health, 19 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of charade

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for charade

French, from Occitan charrado chat, from charrá to chat, chatter

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“Charade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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