Definition of facade in English:


Line breaks: fa¦cade
Pronunciation: /fəˈsɑːd
(also façade)


1The principal front of a building, that faces on to a street or open space: the house has a half-timbered facade
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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.
2A deceptive outward appearance: 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, false display, pretence, simulation, affectation, semblance, illusion, posture, pose, sham, fake, act, masquerade, charade, guise, mask, cloak, veil, veneer


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

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