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Definition of charade noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    charade

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ʃəˈrɑːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃəˈreɪd//
     
    Children's games
     
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  1. 1[countable] a situation in which people pretend that something is true when it clearly is not synonym pretence Their whole marriage had been a charade—they had never loved each other.
  2. 2 charades [uncountable] a game in which one player acts out the syllables of a word or title and the other players try to guess what it is Let's play charades. See related entries: Children's games
  3. Word Origin late 18th cent.: from French, from modern Provençal charrado ‘conversation’, from charra ‘chatter’, perhaps of imitative origin.Extra examples I suggest you give up this little charade of yours. She struggled to maintain the charade of not being afraid. We had to go through this whole charade of holding auditions for the part.
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