: the front of a building
Full Definition of FACADE
1 : the front of a building; also : any face of a building given special architectural treatment <a museum’s east facade>
2 : a false, superficial, or artificial appearance or effect
Variants of FACADE
fa·cade also fa·çade
Examples of FACADE
- the facade of the bank
- the windowless façade of the skyscraper
- They were trying to preserve the facade of a happy marriage.
- I could sense the hostility lurking behind her polite facade.
- “I mean, don’t you find yourself being extra careful about what you say and how you say it? As if you have to be this phony, put on a facade, because you don’t want to give them the wrong impression?” —Terry McMillan, Waiting to Exhale, 1992
Origin of FACADE
French façade, from Italian facciata, from faccia face, from Vulgar Latin *faciaFirst Known Use: circa 1681