faux

adjective
\ ˈfō How to pronounce faux (audio) \

Definition of faux

: not real or genuine: such as
a : made to look like something else that is usually more valuable : imitation, fake faux leather/fur a string of faux pearls faux is the French word for fake, but it's a very chic fake. Faux marble, for example, is found in the best of homes.— Sylvia Sachs
b : not sincere a show of faux [=feigned] concern On Monday the CEO dusted off a version of the "I'm sorry if I offended you" faux apology used when people really mean, "I'm sorry I got caught."The East Bay (California) Times

Examples of faux in a Sentence

even the animal rights activists were fooled by the faux furs
Recent Examples on the Web There's also a 3.5-inch brim for keeping away the sun and an adjustable faux-leather chin cord, paired with a wooden bead, for keeping it on your head. Rena Behar, Travel + Leisure, 5 May 2022 Available in both tan and black options, this corset is made with sleek faux leather that’s comfortable enough to wear all day long. Marie Lodi, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Apr. 2022 The interior features faux leather, LED lighting, a 7.0-inch touchscreen, and smartphone integration. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 29 Apr. 2022 This faux-leather find comes close, with buttery straps and a low pitch made for walking—all on a nine-centimeter platform. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 27 Apr. 2022 Its chestnut-brown wooden tapered legs offer mid-century modern charm, while the soft leather gel cushions spell no-compromise comfort (plus it’s faux leather, which is a plus in our books). Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 27 Apr. 2022 Asus' portable monitor also comes with a real case, not a sleeve or thin sheet of faux leather. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 26 Apr. 2022 True outerwear nirvana can be found only one place — in the cozy embrace of the leather (or faux leather, for vegans) jacket. Dave Schilling, Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2022 The passport holder is made with water-resistant faux leather and includes a clear plastic slot for a CDC vaccination card. Isabel Calkins Mata, PEOPLE.com, 14 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of faux

1682, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for faux

French, false

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17 May 2022

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“Faux.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/faux. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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