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Date: 1600-1700
Language: French
Origin: façade, from Italian faccia 'face'

facade

noun
     
Related topics: Buildings
fa‧cade , façade [countable]
1TBB the front of a building, especially a large and important one
facade of
the facade of the cathedral
an impressive building with a red brick facade
2 [usually singular] a way of behaving that hides your real feelings:
Behind her cheerful facade, she's a really lonely person.
facade of
She managed to maintain a facade of bravery.

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