Word of the Day: Facade


noun \fə-ˈsäd\

: the front of a building

: a way of behaving or appearing that gives other people a false idea of your true feelings or situation

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

  1. the facade of the bank
  2. the windowless façade of the skyscraper
  3. They were trying to preserve the facade of a happy marriage.
  4. I could sense the hostility lurking behind her polite facade.
  5. 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 *facia

    First Known Use: circa 1681



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