: not real or genuine: such as
: 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
: 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 celebrity interior designer was fooled by the faux marble
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Word History


French, false

First Known Use

1682, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of faux was in 1682

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“Faux.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/faux. Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: imitation entry 2
faux marble

from French, "false," from Latin falsus

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