from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Games A game in which words or phrases are represented in pantomime, sometimes syllable by syllable, until they are guessed by the other players.
- n. Games An episode in this game or a word or phrase so represented.
- n. A readily perceived pretense; a travesty: went through the charade of a public apology.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A specific kind of riddle in which a word or phrase to find is split in several parts that can each be guessed from a verbal clue.
- n. A party game in which players mime a word or phrase that the other players must try to guess.
- n. Something apparently real but based on pretence/pretense.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A verbal or acted enigma based upon a word which has two or more significant syllables or parts, each of which, as well as the word itself, is to be guessed from the descriptions or representations.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An enigma whose solution is a word of two or more syllables, each of which is separately significant in sound, and which, as well as the whole word, must be discovered from a dialogue or description in which it is used, or from dramatic representation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a word acted out in an episode of the game of charades
- n. a composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody's style, usually in a humorous way
French, probably from Provençal charrado, chat, from charra, to chat, chatter, perhaps from Italian ciarlare.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French charade, of disputed origin. (Wiktionary)