- 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.
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|M.L. Nestel|December 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Lizzie Crocker|April 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Chang also hosts Moms Get Real, a digital show for ABC News NOW that cracks the facade of perfect mommyhood.
The facade has been vandalized, with the large letters “WTF!”
The building has a facade of stone, built after the Gothic style, which has lost its colour from age, and is becoming blackish.
I don't like to say that the facade of the church is ugly and obtrusive.The Newcomes|William Makepeace Thackeray
Shaded by a ledge of rock, beneath a facade of columnar lava, we ate our dinner.A Naturalist's Voyage Round the World|Charles Darwin
The tower, which terminates the facade to the north, bears the name of Saint-Romain.Rouen, It's History and Monuments|Thodore Licquet
It was a tenement house, fronting to one facade of St. Jude's, and Aggie's room was on the second story.The Christian|Hall Caine
Word Origin for façade
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.