Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The face of a building, especially the principal face.
  • n. An artificial or deceptive front: ideological slogans that were a façade for geopolitical power struggles.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The face of a building, especially the front view or elevation.
  • n. The face or front (most visible side) of any other thing, such as an organ.
  • n. A deceptive outward appearance; a front.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The front of a building; esp., the principal front, having some architectural pretensions.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In architecture, a front view or elevation; the chief exterior face of a building, or any one of its principal faces if it has more than one: as, the façade of the Louvre; the façade of St. Peter's in Rome.
  • n. In organ-building, same as prospect, 12.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the face or front of a building
  • n. a showy misrepresentation intended to conceal something unpleasant

Etymologies

French, from Italian facciata, from faccia, face, from Vulgar Latin *facia, from Latin faciēs; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French façade, from Italian facciata, a derivation of faccia ("front"), from Latin facies ("face"); compare face. (Wiktionary)

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