- the front of a building, especially an imposing or decorative one.
- any side of a building facing a public way or space and finished accordingly.
- a superficial appearance or illusion of something: They managed somehow to maintain a facade of wealth.
Origin of facade
Examples from the Web for facade
In keeping with the facade, Williams showed himself to be dedicated preacher who “knows his scripture.”Exposed: The Gay-Bashing Pastor’s Same-Sex Assault
December 21, 2014
We, like his various conquests, were seduced by his facade of invincibility and haunted past.What's Happened to Don Draper? Why Everyone’s Favorite ‘Mad Men’ Stud Needs His Mojo Back
April 16, 2014
Chang also hosts Moms Get Real, a digital show for ABC News NOW that cracks the facade of perfect mommyhood.2012 Summit: Who's On Stage
March 6, 2012
The facade has been vandalized, with the large letters “WTF!”Teen Hostage Horror
September 24, 2010
It was also forbidden to open the window shutters of the facade.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
In the facade of the building in front of them only one window was lighted.The Fortune of the Rougons
Besides, the facade was exposed to the current in the street.The Flood
A man is the facade of a temple wherein all wisdom and all good abide.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
She regarded the stately proportions of the facade with awe.The Heart of Arethusa
Francis Barton Fox
- the face of a building, esp the main front
- a front or outer appearance, esp a deceptive one
Word Origin and History for facade
1650s, "front of a building," from French façade (16c.), from Italian facciata, from faccia "face," from Vulgar Latin *facia (see face (n.)). Figurative use by 1845.