An example of a charlatan is someone who pretends to be able to tell the future.
Origin of charlatan
- 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
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle French charlatan, from Old Italian ciarlatano (“quack”), a blend of ciarlatore (“a chatterer”) and cerretano (“a hawker, quack”), literally, a native of Cerreto, a village in Umbria, known for its quacks.