Definitions for charlatanˈʃɑr lə tn

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mountebank, charlatan(noun)

    a flamboyant deceiver; one who attracts customers with tricks or jokes


  1. charlatan(Noun)

    A malicious trickster; a fake person, especially one who deceives for personal profit.

  2. Origin: From charlatan, from ciarlatano, a , literally, a native of Cerreto, a village in Umbria, known for its quacks.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Charlatan(noun)

    one who prates much in his own favor, and makes unwarrantable pretensions; a quack; an impostor; an empiric; a mountebank

  2. Origin: [F. charlatan, fr. It. ciarlatano, fr. ciarlare to chartter, prate; of imitative origin; cf. It. zirlare to whistle like a thrush.]


  1. Charlatan

    A charlatan is a person practicing quackery or some similar confidence trick in order to obtain money, fame or other advantages via some form of pretense or deception. The word comes from French charlatan, a seller of medicines who might advertise his presence with music and an outdoor stage show. The best known of the Parisian charlatans was Tabarin, who set up a stage in the Place Dauphin, Paris in 1618, and whose commedia dell'arte inspired skits and whose farces inspired Molière. The word can also be traced to Spanish; charlatán, an indiscreetly talkative person, a chatterbox. Ultimately, etymologists trace "charlatan" from either the Italian ciarlare, to prattle; or from Cerretano, a resident of Cerreto, a village in Umbria, known for its quacks.

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