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).
charlatan (plural charlatans)
- A malicious trickster; a fake person, especially one who deceives for personal profit.
- 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., Ian Murray, the Independent, June 2018
- imposter, impostor
- See also Thesaurus:deceiver
- “charlatan” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
charlatan m (plural charlatans)