Definition of facade
1 : the front of a building; also : any face of a building given special architectural treatment a museum's east facade
2 : a false, superficial, or artificial appearance or effect tried to preserve the facade of a happy marriage
Examples of facade in a Sentence
“I mean, don't you find yourself being extra careful about what you say and how you say it? As if you have to be this phony, put on a facade, because you don't want to give them the wrong impression?” —Terry McMillan, Waiting to Exhale, 1992
When I watched him in motion picture roles after the war, I knew there was something of honest substance behind that acting façade. —Andrew A. Rooney, And More by Andy Rooney, (1979) 1982
… but his magic power of concentration was gone. All the façades he built up between himself and his desperate love never entirely hid it. —May Sarton, Shadow of a Man, 1950
the facade of the bank
the windowless façade of the skyscraper
They were trying to preserve the facade of a happy marriage.
I could sense the hostility lurking behind her polite facade.
Recent Examples of facade from the Web
Two miles west, in a newer subdivision of brick facades and double garages, Dalia Kasseb rings another doorbell, pamphlets in hand.
The goal of the front porch rule is to encourage more usable space and more appealing facades.
The facade of the building and its signature tower has since been incorporated into a new research facility that's part of the Veterans Affairs hospital complex.
A black Islamic State flag strung from the theater facade provided an ominous backdrop for the executions, witnessed by children and other civilians, captured on video and posted on the Internet.
Masons erect brick facades at The Landing at Park Road on Tuesday, August 30, 2016.
The arched facade dating to the 1920s has been in a Los Angeles parking lot since it was removed during 2007 renovations at Van Nuys Airport.
Disney Imagineers purposely designed the Guardians facade to contrast with the Art Deco surroundings of the nearby faux Hollywood Boulevard.
Designed by architect Lloyd Wright, the 1920s home evokes a Mayan temple with its pyramid-like facade and concrete block construction.
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A Brief History of facade
Facade is thought to have come to English from the Vulgar Latin facia, meaning “face.” Along the way it passed through both Italian, as faccia, and French, as _façade. The earliest meaning of the word in English was in reference to the front portion of a building, it’s “face,” so to speak (and face itself is sometimes used to describe this part of a structure as well). Somewhere along the way _ facade_ took on a figurative sense, referring to a way of behaving or appearing that gives other people a false idea of your true feelings or situation. This is similar the figurative use of veneer, which originally had the simple meaning of a thin layer of wood that was used to cover something, and now may also refer to a sort of deceptive behavior that masks one’s actual feelings (as in, “he had a thin veneer of politeness”).
Origin and Etymology of facade
French façade, from Italian facciata, from faccia face, from Vulgar Latin *facia
First Known Use: circa 1681
FACADE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of facade for English Language Learners
: the front of a building
: a way of behaving or appearing that gives other people a false idea of your true feelings or situation
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Definition of facade for Students
: the face or front of a building
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