American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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.
- 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. in plural 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- 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
- From French charade, of disputed origin. (Wiktionary)
- French, probably from Provençal charrado, chat, from charra, to chat, chatter, perhaps from Italian ciarlare. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Taylor boycotted the opening day of the trial, which he called a charade in a letter read by his defense attorney.”
“Although MEND said it did not take part in the amnesty - which it described as charade - most of its top commanders laid down arms.”
“Just pointing out again that your charade is sort of bizarre and abnormal as far as normal adult behavior goes …”
“The true charade is holding people in detention for years with no indictment and no trial.”
“To me this whole debacle would be solved by having fixed term parliaments, because this whole 'will he, wont he' charade is tiresome.”
“The real point of this charade is to allow allow the left and the government approved media to put the Bush administration on trial.”
“Bozo The Neoclown says: the whole “sceond amendment rights” charade is the oldest “red meat” trick of cancervatards. ranks right up there with abortion in terms of being a falshpoint issue. and these ignorant maroons fall for it every freakin time.”
“Their silly charade is over after the disastrous Teabagging festival, which showed that they are incapable of being a viable organization, even with the massive backing of the financial and big oil corporations.”
“I hope you know that many of us recognize that this little charade is simply subconscious racism.”
“NO WAY NO HOW ........ as soon as this charade is over and the boys are done pouncing on Hillary I am changing my registration to INDEPENDENT.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘charade’.
you know that thing where the Eskimos have 50 words for snow?
It's an odd-looking pattern in English. Please add words if it makes you happy. :) K-POW! Wow @gulyasrobi!
Movies or TV shows where the titles are also common words, generally one-word titles.
Unabashedly stolen from a comment made by courier12.
A marque list for cars--models or companies who've used common words as their name.
ahh these hurt.....
Words formed in imitation of a natural sound.
Looking for tweets for charade.