charlatan

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French charlatan, from Old Italian ciarlatano (quack), a blend of ciarlatore (chatterer) + cerretano (hawker, quack, literally native of Cerreto) (Cerreto di Spoleto being a village in Umbria, known for its quacks).

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Noun[edit]

charlatan (plural charlatans)

  1. A malicious trickster; a fake person, especially one who deceives for personal profit.
    Synonyms: trickster, swindler; see also Thesaurus:deceiver
    • 2018 (June), Ian Murray in The Independent
      That this disgraceful charlatan holds one of the great offices of state in this country should be a source of constant shame and embarrassment to the Prime Minister.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Italian ciarlatano. Pejorative meaning first recorded 1668.

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Noun[edit]

charlatan m (plural charlatans, feminine charlatane)

  1. (dated) a streetseller of medicines
  2. a charlatan (trickster)
  3. a quack

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Middle French[edit]

Noun[edit]

charlatan m (plural charlatans)

  1. a street-seller of medicines

Descendants[edit]

  • English: charlatan
  • French: charlatan