Definition of facade in US English:

facade

(also façade)

noun

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

    • ‘In a unified facade, a good fake can be the best solution, which is possibly the solution for part of South Bridge.’
    • ‘We wanted to introduce variety in the appearance and more moulding to the facades than normal because it was a covered arcade.’
    • ‘The building was stripped down to its bones and the facade onto New Bond Street restored.’
    • ‘Many of these businesses were simply older buildings updated with stucco facades and other Spanish flourishes.’
    • ‘The east facade of the building reflects the abstract modernism of the Marina District.’
    • ‘The building facades facing the courtyard were to be cleaned and restored; a new glazed roof would cover the courtyard.’
    • ‘Property owners could then consider this colour scheme when they repaint their shop fronts and building facades.’
    • ‘Twenty-five years ago glass facades to buildings were regarded as architecturally passé and ecologically irresponsible.’
    • ‘Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, baroque, and rococo facades combine to create majestic results.’
    • ‘The building's various facades reflect both its historic roots and its modern purpose.’
    • ‘There will also be a substantial increase in office space and the front facade of the building is to undergo a total makeover.’
    • ‘He also uplit the upper facades of the building to accentuate the tower's verticality.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Twin arched picture windows bisect the front facade and an outside staircase leads to the first floor.’
    • ‘The neighborhoods built during colonial times have narrow streets with continuous building facades that converge on central plazas.’
    • ‘An almost unbroken wall of split-face concrete block wraps around the two street facades, shutting out traffic noise.’
    • ‘Building facades are finished with different materials depending on the degree of exposure to the sun.’
    • ‘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.’
    front, frontage, face, aspect, elevation, exterior, outside
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    1. 1.1 An outward appearance that is maintained to conceal a less pleasant or creditable reality.
      ‘her flawless public facade masked private despair’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But behind his flawless English facade is a Celtic streak which has fuelled his career.’
      • ‘She was behind a mask of facades, and at the moment, so was I.’
      • ‘He adored the theatre, the ballet, and in fact he remained a man of masks, facades, glamour and high drama all his life.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The myriad fences and neo-Georgian facades make the university appear to be the ultimate asylum from violence of all types.’
      • ‘But even the powerful Hollywood studios couldn't maintain the flawless facade forever.’
      • ‘There is a painful contradiction between what is in my head and the facade I adopt for the public, my friends and family.’
      • ‘Little post-construction data is available to demonstrate how well double-skin facades work in conserving energy.’
      • ‘We sat back down at the table, with our fake facades still plastered amongst our faces.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's the Tokyo Dome, in the capital of a country known for its public facade of reserve and gentility.’
      • ‘They hide behind some facade of respectability but I rest in absolute confidence that their time is next!’
      • ‘Once you realise the closeness of the overlap between the two organisations, the facade appears paper thin.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Camille smiled at the small boy shyness that had replaced the confident facade.’
      show, front, appearance, false display, pretence, simulation, affectation, semblance, illusion, posture, pose, sham, fake, act, masquerade, charade, guise, mask, cloak, veil, veneer
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

facade

/fəˈsäd//fəˈsɑd/