Definition of charade in English:


Syllabification: cha·rade
Pronunciation: /SHəˈrād


  • 1An absurd pretense intended to create a pleasant or respectable appearance: talk of unity was nothing more than a charade
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    • Cyril confesses to never taking to parliament as an institution and described it as a charade and a farce.
    • This charade of an interview was nothing more than a commercial for appeasement.
    • Maybe it's time we dropped the charade and accepted that we're as brash and pushy as any New York cabbie ever was.
    farce, pantomime, travesty, mockery, parody, pretense, act, masquerade
  • 1.1 (charades) A game in which players guess a word or phrase from pantomimed clues.
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    • Reading and parlour games such as charades are preferred.
    • Moll took a moment to try to decipher it, feeling like she was playing an odd parlour game of charades.
    • The evening ended with a game of charades with some very unusual and funny pub names to guess.


late 18th century: from French, from modern Provençal charrado 'conversation', from charra 'chatter', perhaps of imitative origin.

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