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See also: façade
facade (plural facades)
- (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 August, Robert W[illiam] Chambers, chapter V, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, →OCLC:
- 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.”
- (by extension) The face or front (most visible side) of any other thing, such as an organ.
- (figurative) A deceptive or insincere outward appearance.
- (programming) An object serving as a simplified interface to a larger body of code, as in the facade pattern.
face of a building
front of anything
deceptive outward appearance
- “facade”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.
- “facade”, in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: Merriam-Webster, 1996–present.