Etymology
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facade (n.)

1650s, "front of a building," from French façade (16c.), from Italian facciata "the front of a building," from faccia "face," from Vulgar Latin *facia (see face (n.)). Figurative use by 1845.

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Definitions of facade

facade (n.)
the face or front of a building;
Synonyms: frontage / frontal
facade (n.)
a showy misrepresentation intended to conceal something unpleasant;
Synonyms: window dressing
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