charade[s̸hə rād′; chiefly Brit, -räd′]
- 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.
- 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 of charadeFrench ; from ProvenÃ§al charrada ; from charrar, to gossip, chatter: origin, originally echoic
- 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 of charadeFrench, probably from Provençal charrado, chat, from charra, to chat, chatter, perhaps from Italian ciarlare.
- A specific kind of riddle in which a word or phrase to find is split in several parts that can each be guessed from a verbal clue.
- (in plural) A party game in which players mime a word or phrase that the other players must try to guess.
- Something apparently real but based on pretence/pretense.
- She said she loved me but it was only a charade.