facade

[fuh-sahd, fa-]
noun
1.
Architecture.
a.
the front of a building, especially an imposing or decorative one.
b.
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.
Also, façade.


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

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façade or facade (fəˈsɑːd, fæ-, fəˈsɑːd, fæ-)
 
n
1.  the face of a building, esp the main front
2.  a front or outer appearance, esp a deceptive one
 
[C17: from French, from Italian facciata, from facciaface]
 
facade or facade
 
n
 
[C17: from French, from Italian facciata, from facciaface]

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Word Origin & History

facade
1650s, from Fr. façade, It. facciata, from faccia "face," from V.L. *facia (see face).
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Example sentences
All they do is put on facades with the only purpose to gain personally while at
  the same time to destroy some people.
The outer walls of the dwellings were plastered with a smooth coat of mud, and
  the upper facades painted creamy white.
There are no decorative facades, and often no architects.
Check out the building facades based on traditional privacy screens and wind
  towers that cool outdoor plazas.
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