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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
Recent Examples on the Web Plant mom gift set The Sill is filled with live and faux plants to buy, plus plenty of pointers on how to keep the former alive. Madison Flager, Condé Nast Traveler, "51 Mother's Day Gifts, Whether You're Shopping for a Spa Lover, Home Cook, or Hiker," 1 May 2020 With sales of faux meat exploding, Kellogg Co.’s new meat-like Incogmeato Burger will hit stores early next year, and Nestle’s Sweet Earth Foods brand will release an Awesome Burger in the United States this fall. Los Angeles Times, "Impossible Burger hits supermarkets, joining rival Beyond," 19 Sep. 2019 Until now, Impossible Foods' faux meat was served in more upscale chains, such as Fatburger, Umami and actor Mark Wahlberg’s Wahlburger restaurant. Zlati Meyer, USA TODAY, "White Castle goes highbrow? Now famous slider can come with fake beef," 11 Apr. 2018 Tamina found a strung-together wad of faux dogwood flowers and decorated the wall next to her bed with them. Washington Post, "Children of doctors, nurses fear coronavirus will kill their parents," 28 Apr. 2020 Antique-style light fixtures, a faux tin ceiling, and original windows reinforce the 20th-century charm. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "Peek Inside the Quaint Missouri Bungalow Where Ginger Rogers Was Born," 23 Apr. 2020 The Huji Cam app purposely corrupts perfectly exposed smartphone pics with simulated light streaks (and a faux 1998 date stamp). Jonathon Keats, Wired, "Film Photography Can Never Be Replaced," 21 Apr. 2020 Pillows at the head and back provide added support, and the faux leather material makes snack disasters easy to clean. Gabrielle Hondorp, Popular Mechanics, "The 6 Best Gaming Chairs That Provide Comfort and Support," 15 Apr. 2020 Jimmy Fallon, Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell teamed up to film a faux soap opera during Wednesday's episode of NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Katherine Schaffstall, The Hollywood Reporter, "Jimmy Fallon, Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell Star in Faux Soap Opera 'Longest Days of Our Lives'," 9 Apr. 2020

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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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20 May 2020

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“Faux.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/faux. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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