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

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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 Elsa is now queen of Arendelle, playing charades with her sister, Kristoff and Olaf, enjoying a bit of domestic bliss. Katie Walsh, Twin Cities, "Frozen II doesn’t make waves, but keeps the franchise on track," 22 Nov. 2019 Each side had its own self-serving motive to go along with this charade. Joey Morona, cleveland, "Colin Kaepernick shouldn’t expect NFL job offer, ESPN analysts say," 18 Nov. 2019 The legendary performer then shared a story that involved a game of charades with Dylan. Katherine Schaffstall, The Hollywood Reporter, "Elton John Jokes About Letting Stevie Wonder Drive a Snowmobile: "That's Another Rival Gone"," 16 Oct. 2019 That being said, the scene my imagination dreams up of an ultra-competitive Markle actively suppressing some urge to demolish Queen Elizabeth at charades is amazing. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Meghan Markle Was Reportedly Asked to Do One Thing to Avoid Upsetting the Queen at Christmas," 25 Nov. 2018 When will Lauren Underwood and Nancy Pelosi drop the impeachment charade? Peter Slevin, The New Yorker, "Lauren Underwood’s Illinois District Considers Impeachment," 22 Nov. 2019 The competition to become Spurs' starting right-back has been somewhat lacking since the departure of Kyle Walker in 2017, and the charade looks set to continue, with no one cementing their status as a starter., "Kyle Walker-Peters Tipped For Loan Move to Tottenham's Premier League Rivals," 16 Oct. 2019 But the charade at Nga Khu Ya, with its corroded buildings devoid of any Rohingya presence, proves the lie in the repatriation commitment. New York Times, "Massacred at Home, in Misery Abroad, 730,000 Rohingya Are Mired in Hopelessness," 22 Aug. 2019 This applies not just to customers but to every single player in this great charade of restauranting: chefs, restaurateurs, critics, purveyors, flacks, real estate brokers, and members of the third estate. Joshua David Stein, Town & Country, "Nobody Really Goes to Peter Luger for the Food Anyway," 6 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of charade was in 1776

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11 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Charade.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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How to pronounce charade (audio) How to pronounce charade (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of charade

: something that is done in order to pretend something is true when it is not really true
: 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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not to be intimidated or subdued

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