Charade definition

shə-rād
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.

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A game in which words or phrases are represented in pantomime, sometimes syllable by syllable, until they are guessed by the other players.
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A word or phrase acted out or described as in verse, for others to guess.
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A game in which two teams compete to see which can more 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.
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A readily perceived pretense; a travesty.

Went through the charade of a public apology.

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An episode in this game or a word or phrase so represented.
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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.
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(in plural) A party game in which players mime a word or phrase that the other players must try to guess.
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Something apparently real but based on pretence/pretense.

She said she loved me but it was only a charade.

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A pretense or fiction that can be seen through readily; travesty.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
charade
Plural:
charades

Origin of charade

  • French probably from Provençal charrado chat from charra to chat, chatter perhaps from Italian ciarlare

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from French charade, of disputed origin.

    From Wiktionary