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

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Examples of faux in a Sentence

even the animal rights activists were fooled by the faux furs

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In fact, Kendall fooled fans with faux bangs earlier this year, too. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Khloe Kardashian Got Super Long Mermaid Hair and Looks Completely Different," 14 May 2019 The faux-wood planks clip into metal tracks that are screwed directly to the joists. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Finish Your Basement," 18 Apr. 2019 The outlet began as a satirical newspaper, and still hews to the stylistic conventions of old-school journalism as a mainstay of its dry, faux-factual house style. Catherine Cusick, Longreads, "Area Man Knows All About Fake News," 28 Mar. 2018 The new hue quickly became one of our favorite celebrity color transformations of 2019, and now the actress is back with even more hair changes — this time, in the form of blunt faux bangs. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Charlize Theron’s Hairstylist Explains the Inspiration Behind Her New Faux Bangs," 1 May 2019 Below a flat-screen TV was a walnut wood and faux marble cabinet. Anja Mutic, New York Times, "On Croatia’s Coast, Stunning Pools and a Mediterranean Mood," 5 May 2018 Aubrey and Isla Knapstein, both 3½ years old, had just climbed off faux jet skis with water cannons, exploring the toddlers’ area of the new Great Wolf Lodge Illinois in Gurnee during its grand opening Thursday morning. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Chance the Rapper leads camp kids in test run at Great Wolf Lodge, Gurnee's newly renovated water park," 21 June 2018 Bare ankles in the winter are such a topic of debate that a German satirical website posted a story late last fall depicting a faux trend: ankle scarves. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "It’s February, Why Are There Bare Ankles Everywhere?," 13 Feb. 2019 The companies say many customers were excited to greet the faux robot car, and some even talked to the automated voice or waved goodbye. Mike Colias, WSJ, "Tonight’s Dinner? In a Cooler-Sized Robot That Knows Where You Live," 11 Mar. 2019

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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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