or fa·çade

[fuh-sahd, fa-]


  1. the front of a building, especially an imposing or decorative one.
  2. 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.

Nearby words

  1. fabulate,
  2. fabulist,
  3. fabulous,
  4. fabulously,
  5. fac.,
  6. facadism,
  7. faccp,
  8. facd,
  9. face,
  10. face angle

Origin of facade

1650–60; < French < Upper Italian faciada, Italian facciata, equivalent to facci(a) face + -ata -ade1

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British Dictionary definitions for facade




the face of a building, esp the main front
a front or outer appearance, esp a deceptive one

Word Origin for façade

C17: from French, from Italian facciata, from faccia face

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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.

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