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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

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Nordstrom at Home Faux Fur Throw Blanket A faux-fur throw is the perfect combination of style and luxury for living rooms everywhere. Samantha Matt, USA TODAY, "The 50 best deals from the 2019 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale," 12 July 2019 Of a leopard-print dress that can be zipped up or way, way down and faux fur tops and jackets, the designer is particularly proud. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "LaQuan Smith Brings His Glamorous, Fearless Vision to a New Asos Collaboration," 1 Nov. 2018 How about goggles, butterfly wings, faux fur or body chains? Washington Post, "Why you should visit Columbus, Ohio," 13 June 2019 Miyuki Bierlein’s casual outfits for the lobbyists amusingly underscore all the artificial opportunities for faux-casual conversation that these skiing or golfing getaways provide. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: Dirty politics plays for laughs in Berkeley’s ‘Kings’," 5 June 2019 Plenty of rugged design cues emphasize its SUV attitude such as faux skid plates, black contrasting trim around the bumpers and side sills, and a roof rack. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "Kia Is Working on a New Small SUV, and It's Likely to Come to the U.S.," 23 May 2019 And that meant mimicking the wet look of Loren's iconic costume, complete with faux water drops hanging from the fabric. Glamour, "Thierry Mugler Hasn't Designed in Almost 20 Years—But He Made an Exception for Kim Kardashian and the 2019 Met Gala," 7 May 2019 At the end of the road, Hermits Rest is a faux frontier cabin (host to a gift shop and snack bar) fashioned by Colter in 1914. Joe Yogerst, National Geographic, "Everything to know about Grand Canyon National Park," 15 Mar. 2019 Before wearing your shoes for the first time, spray suede (real or faux) with a product like Kiwi Suede Protector, to help shield them from dirt and water stains. Sarah Bogdan, Good Housekeeping, "The Easiest Way to Clean and Protect Suede Shoes," 16 May 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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