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



    BrE BrE//fəˈsɑːd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//fəˈsɑːd//
    Parts of a house, How a building looks
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  1. 1the front of a building a classical facade See related entries: Parts of a house, How a building looks
  2. 2[usually singular] the way that somebody/something appears to be, which is different from the way somebody/something really is She managed to maintain a facade of indifference. They seem happy together, but it’s all a facade. Squalor and poverty lay behind the city's glittering facade.
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from French façade, from face ‘face’, on the pattern of Italian facciata.
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