The definition of a charlatan is a fraud or a person who pretends to have some skill or be something he isn't.(noun)
An example of a charlatan is someone who pretends to be able to tell the future.
See charlatan in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: Fr < It ciarlatano, a quack < cerretano, one who cries out in the market place < VL cerretanus, seller of papal indulgences at Cerreto, town in Italy: infl. by It ciarlare, to prate
See charlatan in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: , from Italian ciarlatano
Origin: , probably alteration (influenced by ciarlare, to prattle)
Origin: of cerretano
Origin: , inhabitant of Cerreto, a city of Italy once famous for its quacks.
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