Charlatan Definition

shärlə-tən
charlatans
noun
charlatans
A person who pretends to have expert knowledge or skill that he or she does not have; fake; mountebank.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Charlatan

Noun

Singular:
charlatan
Plural:
charlatans

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

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