Charlatan meaning

shärlə-tən
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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.

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A malicious trickster; a fake person, especially one who deceives for personal profit.
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A person who makes elaborate, fraudulent, and often voluble claims to skill or knowledge; a quack or fraud.
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A person who pretends to have expert knowledge or skill that he or she does not have; fake; mountebank.
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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.

    From Wiktionary