facade Definition

  • 1the front of a building, especially an imposing or decorative one
  • 2an outward appearance that is maintained to conceal a less pleasant or creditable reality

Using facade: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "facade" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The facade of the cathedral is breathtaking.

  • Example

    Behind the facade of happiness, she was struggling with depression.

  • Example

    The company's friendly facade hides a cutthroat business strategy.

facade Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for facade

Phrases with facade

  • keep up a facade

    to maintain a false appearance or behavior in order to hide one's true feelings or intentions


    She kept up a facade of confidence even though she was nervous.

  • a situation where a country appears to be democratic but is actually controlled by a small group of people


    The country's facade of democracy was exposed when the dictator took power.

  • a polite manner or behavior that conceals one's true feelings or intentions


    Despite his facade of politeness, he was seething with anger.

Origins of facade

from French 'façade', from Italian 'facciata', from faccia 'face'


Summary: facade in Brief

The term 'facade' [fəˈsɑːd] refers to the front of a building, often an impressive or decorative one. It can also mean an outward appearance that conceals a less pleasant reality, as in 'The company's friendly facade hides a cutthroat business strategy.' Phrases like 'keep up a facade' and 'facade of democracy' denote maintaining a false appearance or behavior, while 'facade of politeness' implies a polite manner that conceals one's true feelings.