- 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.
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What does facade mean?
A facade is the front of a building or a side that faces a public area.
Facade is used literally to describe a decorative, showy, or onrate piece of architecture that frames the front of a building, as in The architect who designed this building used a showy facade on it to help it stand out from nearby buildings.
A facade is also a superficial appearance or an illusion, which can be literal or figurative. If a movie star wears a dark hoodie and sunglasses so they won’t be recognized by the press, they are wearing a literal facade. If that movie star acts completely different from who they actually are or puts on an alternate personality in order to trick or convince people of something, that is a figurative facade.
Example: He continually lied to keep up his facade until the whole thing stumbled out of control.
Where does facade come from?
The first records of the term facade come from the mid-1600s. It ultimately comes from the Italian faccia, meaning “face,” and –ata, an ending that denotes a process or action. The wall of a building is called its face, and in theater, a character or portrayal is often called a face.
Facade can also be spelled façade. That squiggly shape under the c is called a cedilla and is used in French and Portuguese to indicate that the c should be pronounced like an s.
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How is facade used in real life?
In casual conversation, facade is often used figuratively to describe something that is fake or an illusion.
authenticity is so beautiful. please be genuine. drop the facade. the real you is enough.
— queen quen (@quenblackwell) July 9, 2018
Brick Facade for a bookstore in Korea pic.twitter.com/H9nlmfRSol
— Bizarre Buildings (@BizarreBuiIding) November 29, 2021
“behind the facade of your life, there is something beautiful and eternal happening”
— Dove Cameron (@DoveCameron) January 25, 2018
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How to use facade in a sentence
The facade of the building is covered with rows of glowing plastic carolers, a snowman, drummer boys and candy canes, and decked with garlands of evergreens.Savor the spirits of the season at these outdoor holiday-themed bars|Fritz Hahn|December 11, 2020|Washington Post
A 140-year-old building in Brussels has been refurbished with insulation on the facades and the roof and improved ventilation.Authenticity Versus Longevity for Preservation: Which Matters More?|Nick Fouriezos|December 11, 2020|Ozy
Leonsis draped a facade of Verizon Center with Wall’s image.John Wall never let down Southeast D.C. even if the basketball was frustrating|Kevin Blackistone|December 3, 2020|Washington Post
Her silvery voice scaled the facade of the building as the setting sun seemed to stall awhile to listen.WNO pop-up opera truck delivers music to the public, but it’s not a perfect fit|Michael Andor Brodeur|October 28, 2020|Washington Post
Since El-Waylly came forward, the everything-is-perfect facade of the famous test kitchen has crumbled.Bon Appétit Announces Dawn Davis, Publishing Heavyweight, as New Editor-in-Chief|Elazar Sontag|August 27, 2020|Eater
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
In an ancient stone carving, warriors brandishing shields and swords swarm over the columned facade of a grand temple.Iraq’s Long-Lost Mythical Temple Has Been Found…and Is In Danger of Disappearing Again|Nina Strochlic|July 24, 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
Another clock, outside on the 42nd St. facade, is the world's largest example of Tiffany glass.Grand Central Terminal: 100 Years, 100 Facts|Sarah Begley|February 1, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He also has a deep, creamy voice and calm demeanor that completes his fallen-hero facade.‘The Hobbit’: 19 Changes from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Novel to Peter Jackson’s Movie|Anna Klassen|December 14, 2012|DAILY BEAST
In vain he sought support against one of the porphyry columns at the facade of the mosque.
So one morning she made her way towards the grotesque facade of the humble, silent home where she had spent her childhood.At the Sign of the Cat and Racket|Honore de Balzac
It has a large brick church with a decidedly Flemish facade, and a detached pagoda-like belfry.The Head Hunters of Northern Luzon From Ifugao to Kalinga|Cornelis De Witt Willcox
Silhouettes of tall poplars loomed against the blackness; occasionally a lamp revealed the milky blue facade of a house.A Traveller in War-Time|Winston Churchill
One turns back to the still old house, and sees a grey and lichenous facade with a very finely arched entrance.Tono Bungay|H. G. Wells