Definition of facade in English:

facade

(also façade)

noun

  • 1The face of a building, especially the principal front that looks onto a street or open space.

    • ‘Vents in the building's north and south facades allow outside air to flow through the building without requiring fans or other mechanical systems.’
    • ‘The design of the building facades illustrates the approach we took toward construction cost control.’
    • ‘An almost unbroken wall of split-face concrete block wraps around the two street facades, shutting out traffic noise.’
    • ‘Twenty-five years ago glass facades to buildings were regarded as architecturally passé and ecologically irresponsible.’
    • ‘His design retains the north and south brick facades of the old building and inserts the new structure of six main floors and three mezzanines within them.’
    • ‘Building facades are finished with different materials depending on the degree of exposure to the sun.’
    • ‘The east facade of the building reflects the abstract modernism of the Marina District.’
    • ‘The neighborhoods built during colonial times have narrow streets with continuous building facades that converge on central plazas.’
    • ‘In a unified facade, a good fake can be the best solution, which is possibly the solution for part of South Bridge.’
    • ‘Twin arched picture windows bisect the front facade and an outside staircase leads to the first floor.’
    • ‘Many of these businesses were simply older buildings updated with stucco facades and other Spanish flourishes.’
    • ‘To this day, ceramic tiles are still used to cover and ornament the facades of buildings, as they are both durable and relatively cheap to produce.’
    • ‘There will also be a substantial increase in office space and the front facade of the building is to undergo a total makeover.’
    • ‘Property owners could then consider this colour scheme when they repaint their shop fronts and building facades.’
    • ‘The building facades facing the courtyard were to be cleaned and restored; a new glazed roof would cover the courtyard.’
    • ‘He also uplit the upper facades of the building to accentuate the tower's verticality.’
    • ‘We wanted to introduce variety in the appearance and more moulding to the facades than normal because it was a covered arcade.’
    • ‘The building's various facades reflect both its historic roots and its modern purpose.’
    • ‘The building was stripped down to its bones and the facade onto New Bond Street restored.’
    • ‘Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, baroque, and rococo facades combine to create majestic results.’
    front, frontage, face, aspect, elevation, exterior, outside
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    1. 1.1An outward appearance that is maintained to conceal a less pleasant or creditable reality.
      ‘her flawless public facade masked private despair’
      • ‘Little post-construction data is available to demonstrate how well double-skin facades work in conserving energy.’
      • ‘But even the powerful Hollywood studios couldn't maintain the flawless facade forever.’
      • ‘If people know that you care bout them and that it's not fake or a facade, then you have more chance of getting things done.’
      • ‘We sat back down at the table, with our fake facades still plastered amongst our faces.’
      • ‘But behind his flawless English facade is a Celtic streak which has fuelled his career.’
      • ‘In a way it's a story of letting go of expectations and pretense, of breaking down facades and accepting what's beneath as beautiful.’
      • ‘They hide behind some facade of respectability but I rest in absolute confidence that their time is next!’
      • ‘The myriad fences and neo-Georgian facades make the university appear to be the ultimate asylum from violence of all types.’
      • ‘Looking beyond the facade of confidence, he is able to reveal the loneliness and longings in their lives.’
      • ‘He said though living as a Christian at home was crucial, it could be challenging, even harder than in public, where it was easier to put on facades.’
      • ‘She was behind a mask of facades, and at the moment, so was I.’
      • ‘It's the Tokyo Dome, in the capital of a country known for its public facade of reserve and gentility.’
      • ‘He adored the theatre, the ballet, and in fact he remained a man of masks, facades, glamour and high drama all his life.’
      • ‘There is a painful contradiction between what is in my head and the facade I adopt for the public, my friends and family.’
      • ‘However, in practical terms the private and public spheres are habitually not detached and the outward signs of statehood are often facades hiding the real workings of the system.’
      • ‘Camille smiled at the small boy shyness that had replaced the confident facade.’
      • ‘Once you realise the closeness of the overlap between the two organisations, the facade appears paper thin.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: from French façade, from face face on the pattern of Italian facciata.

Pronunciation:

facade

/fəˈsäd/