charade

noun
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

Keep scrolling for more

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

The project's screenwriter also teased that Maggie Sullivun, the actress set to play Queen Elizabeth II, will play charades with Markle, and a cute puppy will make a cameo. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Here's Your First Look at the Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Biopic Sequel on Lifetime," 27 Mar. 2019 Investigators said Jones and his group maintained their charade for years: The group dressed in police uniforms, had guns and badges, and drove vehicles with emergency lights, mlive.com reported. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Man who posed as cop sentenced to five years of probation," 21 Sep. 2018 Camila’s story focused on Lili’s goofiness in return, featuring clips of her own charades performances. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, ""Riverdale" Stars Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, and Madelaine Petsch Team Up for Game of Charades," 13 Jan. 2019 With financial repression, governments evade market discipline and the borrowing and spending charade continues. WSJ, "Sooner or Later, Our Growing Debt Will Bite," 18 Dec. 2018 More Videos 169 Russia’s election: More charade than race Pause 190 The Mueller investigation into possible Russia - Trump campaign connection so far 89 Who is Larry Kudlow, Trump’s new economic adviser? Alex Daugherty, miamiherald, "As kids prepare to march in Washington, this congressman is facilitator and consoler | Miami Herald," 20 Mar. 2018 Or will Madame Satan continue the charade, even though her mission is completed? Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, ""Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Season 2: Questions We Need to Be Answered After That Finale," 26 Oct. 2018 My next guest says the hearing will be held Monday as planned, even though Democrats are already calling it a charade. Fox News, "Kennedy: Kavanaugh is firm that allegation didn't happen," 18 Sep. 2018 But this whole thing has been a charade from the beginning. Fox News, "Rep. Matt Gaetz reacts to Bruce Ohr's notes about Steele," 17 Aug. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'charade.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about charade

Statistics for charade

Last Updated

5 Apr 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for charade

The first known use of charade was in 1776

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for charade

charade

noun

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on charade

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with charade

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for charade

Britannica English: Translation of charade for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about charade

Comments on charade

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

WORD OF THE DAY

marked by a state of overwhelming emotion

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Latin Quiz

  • roman forum
  • Which of the following months comes from a Latin word for “ten”?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!