facade

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English[edit]

The facade of a building with concert halls and exhibition galleries

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From French façade, from Italian facciata, a derivation of faccia (front), from Latin facies (face); compare face.

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facade (plural facades)

  1. (architecture) The face of a building, especially the front view or elevation.
    • 1865, James Fergusson, A History of Architecture in All Countries
      In Egypt the façades of their rock-cut tombs were [] ornamented so simply and unobtrusively as rather to belie than to announce their internal magnificence.
    • 1880, Charles Eliot Norton, Historical Studies of Church-Building in the Middle Ages
      Like so many of the finest churches, [the cathedral of Siena] was furnished with a plain substantial front wall, intended to serve as the backing and support of an ornamental façade.
    • 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter V, in The Younger Set (Project Gutenberg; EBook #14852), New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, published 1 February 2005 (Project Gutenberg version), OCLC 24962326:
      The house of Ruthven was a small but ultra-modern limestone affair, between Madison and Fifth ; []. As a matter of fact its narrow ornate façade presented not a single quiet space that the eyes might rest on after a tiring attempt to follow and codify the arabesques, foliations, and intricate vermiculations of what some disrespectfully dubbed as “near-aissance.”
    • 2005, Peter Brandvold, “Ghost Colts”, in Robert J. Randisi (ed.), Lone Star Law,[1] Simon and Schuster, →ISBN, page 179,
      Eight or so gunmen stood shoulder to shoulder in the gray-white trail before the barn, firing into the saloon's burning, bullet-pocked facade.
  2. (by extension) The face or front (most visible side) of any other thing, such as an organ.
  3. (figuratively) A deceptive or insincere outward appearance; a front.

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  • facade at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • facade” in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary

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Etymology[edit]

From French façade, from Italian facciata, a derivation of faccia (front), from Latin facies (face)

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facade c (singular definite facaden, plural indefinite facader)

  1. façade

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