or fa·çade

[ fuh-sahd, fa- ]
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  1. Architecture.

    • 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.

  2. a superficial appearance or illusion of something: They managed somehow to maintain a facade of wealth.

Origin of facade

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

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British Dictionary definitions for façade



/ (fəˈsɑːd, fæ-) /

  1. the face of a building, esp the main front

  2. a front or outer appearance, esp a deceptive one

Origin of façade

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

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