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
Dwellings are more modest on the east side, including public housing in the form of brick ranch houses whose stoops have brick columns and pediments that jarringly echo the facade of Gaineswood, the nearby plantation manor museum.
The 1000 South Clark building's glass facade glistens 29 stories high.
Though the president’s name appears in large gold letters on the building’s facade, the property is actually owned and managed by a Canadian company called The Holborn Group, which is in turn owned by the Malaysian billionaire Joo Kim Tiah.
Look upon its stony facade and know that someone is inside that immense place, swimming lonely laps or lying on the roof terrace, gazing up at the mottled night sky and thinking of orphans.
But don’t expect to see a large Hilton marquee suddenly adorn the facade of the 129-year-old, red-roofed Victorian building.
While the overall design was faithful to Mies' original plan, the corridor obscured the main facade of the house — in effect, camouflaging one of the most prized objects in the museum's collection.
On top of that, the building, like others in London, had a facade made of flammable materials that The New York Times says came as a result of regulators prioritizing cost over safety.
Hall of Famers Carl Yastrzemski, Pedro Martinez, Wade Boggs and Jim Rice joined Ortiz on the field before the game, along with family members of the other players whose numbers have already been hung on the Fenway facade.
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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 1681See Words from the same year
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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