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[fuh-sahd, fa-] /fəˈsɑd, fæ-/
  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.
Also, façade.
Origin of facade
1650-60; < French < Upper Italian faciada, Italian facciata, equivalent to facci(a) face + -ata -ade1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for facade
  • The content of the phobia has about the same importance for it as the manifest dream facade has for the dream.
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  • For instance, here's a thought experiment: let's say you live in a damp region and have problems with mold on your house's facade.
  • If they laugh and call you names no one will look at them and all the cracks in the facade.
  • The solar panels on the face of the building were nothing more than a facade.
  • Notable here is how the shapely, strange building was washed in color with an extensive facade of ceramics and mosaics.
  • Its flat facade conceals a soaring interior of internal walkways around an atrium.
  • Consider the clean facade of the iPod's control panel and the space around it.
  • Politics always overrides everything except the facade of scholarship.
  • Recruiters are smart people, they will see through your facade.
British Dictionary definitions for facade


/fəˈsɑːd; fæ-/
the face of a building, esp the main front
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

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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