Definition of facade in English:


Syllabification: fa·cade
Pronunciation: /fəˈsäd
(also façade)


  • 1The face of a building, especially the principal front that looks onto a street or open space.
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    • There will also be a substantial increase in office space and the front facade of the building is to undergo a total makeover.
    • The building facades facing the courtyard were to be cleaned and restored; a new glazed roof would cover the courtyard.
    • The neighborhoods built during colonial times have narrow streets with continuous building facades that converge on central plazas.
    front, frontage, face, elevation, exterior, outside
  • 1.1An outward appearance that is maintained to conceal a less pleasant or creditable reality: her flawless public facade masked private despair
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    • Once you realise the closeness of the overlap between the two organisations, the facade appears paper thin.
    • The myriad fences and neo-Georgian facades make the university appear to be the ultimate asylum from violence of all types.
    • It's the Tokyo Dome, in the capital of a country known for its public facade of reserve and gentility.
    show, front, appearance, pretense, simulation, affectation, semblance, illusion, act, masquerade, charade, mask, cloak, veil, veneer


mid 17th century: from French façade, from face 'face', on the pattern of Italian facciata.

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