- The definition of a charade is an act or a pretense put on to make something appear different than what it is or a word or phrase that is acted out.
- An example of charade is when a dysfunctional family pretends to be a happy family on the outside.
- An example of charade is a game you play where you try to act something out like a movie title without speaking to get people to guess the name of the movie.
charade definition by Webster's New World
- a word or phrase acted out or described as in verse, for others to guess
- a game in which two teams compete to see which can most quickly guess a group of words or phrases chosen by the other team and acted out in pantomime, often syllable by syllable, by the members of their own
- a pretense or fiction that can be seen through readily; travesty
Origin: French ; from ProvenÃ§al charrada ; from charrar, to gossip, chatter: origin, originally echoic
charade definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Games a. charades (used with a sing. or pl. verb) A game in which words or phrases are represented in pantomime, sometimes syllable by syllable, until they are guessed by the other players.b. An episode in this game or a word or phrase so represented.
- A readily perceived pretense; a travesty: went through the charade of a public apology.
Origin: French, probably from Provençal charrado, chat, from charra, to chat, chatter, perhaps from Italian ciarlare.