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facade

[fuh-sahd, fa-] /fəˈsɑd, fæ-/
noun
1.
Architecture.
  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.
2.
a superficial appearance or illusion of something:
They managed somehow to maintain a facade of wealth.
Origin of facade
1650-1660
1650-60; < French < Upper Italian faciada, Italian facciata, equivalent to facci(a) face + -ata -ade1
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façade

/fəˈsɑːd; fæ-/
noun
1.
the face of a building, esp the main front
2.
a front or outer appearance, esp a deceptive one
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Italian facciata, from facciaface
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Word Origin and History for facade
n.

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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