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
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up charade? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).