- The definition of a charlatan is a fraud or a person who pretends to have some skill or be something he isn't.
An example of a charlatan is someone who pretends to be able to tell the future.
Origin: French ; from Italian ciarlatano, a quack ; from cerretano, one who cries out inch(es) the market place ; from Vulgar Latin cerretanus, seller of papal indulgences at Cerreto, town inch(es) Italy: influenced, influence by Italian ciarlare, to prate
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Origin: French, from Italian ciarlatano, probably alteration (influenced by ciarlare, to prattle) of cerretano, inhabitant of Cerreto, a city of Italy once famous for its quacks.
- charˌla·tanˈic , charˌla·tanˈi·cal adjective
- charˈla·tan·ism, charˈla·tan·ry noun
charlatan - Medical Definition