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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.
1650-60; < French < Upper Italian faciada, Italian facciata, equivalent to facci(a) face + -ata -ade1 Unabridged
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  • 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.
  • Similarly, only mock-ups of facades are pressure-sprayed to test their ability to keep out driving rain.
  • Kudos to them for lining the garages on one side behind attractive office facades.
  • The space created is understood to function as an outdoor room, and building facades are understood to be street walls.
  • Cities rose from the forest floor, boasting stone temples with stuccoed and painted facades created at the behest of elite rulers.
  • Panelists agreed that behind its historic facades the town had lost its soul to ranks of gleaming slot machines.
  • The fancy-looking apartment buildings are actually flimsy movie-set facades with painted-on windows.
British Dictionary definitions for facades


/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 facades



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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