Definition of charade in English:



  • 1An absurd pretence intended to create a pleasant or respectable appearance.

    ‘talk of unity was nothing more than a charade’
    • ‘The first meeting of the county committee last Thursday was a charade.’
    • ‘This budget is a pure charade with more hidden tax than the publicised ones.’
    • ‘I was finding it increasingly difficult to keep up my charade with Peter, and every kiss was tainted with my dishonesty.’
    • ‘In place of a serious investigation, the FBI has mounted an elaborate charade.’
    • ‘This charade of an interview was nothing more than a commercial for appeasement.’
    • ‘The charade was kept up for a long time, far too long, but all that has changed now.’
    • ‘A glance at the list of candidates shows that the whole thing is a charade.’
    • ‘The whole thing was one of the most cynical charades in memory.’
    • ‘"It is time to end this charade, " she said menacingly.’
    • ‘Maybe it's time we dropped the charade and accepted that we're as brash and pushy as any New York cabbie ever was.’
    • ‘The amazing thing is that our reporters, our public and our government buys into their charade.’
    • ‘We'll probably never know the reasons behind the charade we've just witnessed.’
    • ‘It was an elaborate charade which, through the performance of ritual, disguised the imposition of the royal will.’
    • ‘When it's presented in this way, most women can see chivalry for the silly charade it really is.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for the final executive meeting which was a charade of democracy.’
    • ‘Cyril confesses to never taking to parliament as an institution and described it as a charade and a farce.’
    • ‘Willing to humor him though, just to see what he was up to, I continued the charade.’
    • ‘But fortunately, as part of my ongoing charade of being a writer, I have a pad and pen with me.’
    • ‘Or would he have continued this charade and pretended he was going to medical school?’
    • ‘So they went farther and farther until they couldn't keep the charade going any more.’
    farce, pantomime, travesty, mockery, parody, pretence, act, masquerade, sham, fake, false display, show, front, facade
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    1. 1.1charades A game in which players guess a word or phrase from a written or acted clue given for each syllable and for the whole item.
      • ‘For the Easter holiday weekend how about we start a game of charades?’
      • ‘We ate dinner, we played games such as charades, and we danced to the music (I danced with Lei, of course).’
      • ‘Every day was like a complicated, extended game of charades.’
      • ‘Hokey as it might seem, go for the stuff you loved as a kid - musical chairs, limbo, pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey, charades or a pinata.’
      • ‘Round up the gang for a game of touch football or charades.’
      • ‘I'm bored out of my wits and the rest of the guys are playing charades, not exactly my type of game.’
      • ‘During their stay, children will have complementary use of the Fun in Safe Hands Club, which includes activities such as water games, a video club, charades, make and do, painting and competitions.’
      • ‘When they got together at Mike's, a game of charades was inevitable.’
      • ‘There weren't many people over, but we had a good game of poker, a good game of charades, and very good champagne at midnight.’
      • ‘The evening ended with a game of charades with some very unusual and funny pub names to guess.’
      • ‘It was my birthday at the weekend and a surprise dinner and after-dinner game of charades was in order.’
      • ‘The soldiers from both sides quickly overcame the language barrier and communicated in a fashion more like a noisy game of charades.’
      • ‘She introduced him to charades, although the clues had to be limited to those that could be done from a sitting position.’
      • ‘Whether it's a poetry recital or a game of charades, any performance can become a life lesson.’
      • ‘They played all sorts of games: cards, draughts, and even charades.’
      • ‘In the evenings or holidays we played charades and card games and table tennis.’
      • ‘A lively game of charades finished a fun filled evening.’
      • ‘Moll took a moment to try to decipher it, feeling like she was playing an odd parlour game of charades.’
      • ‘As in any game of charades, eventually all the clues click and the answer suddenly became obvious.’
      • ‘Reading and parlour games such as charades are preferred.’


Late 18th century: from French, from modern Provençal charrado ‘conversation’, from charra ‘chatter’, perhaps of imitative origin.