a flamboyant deceiver; one who attracts customers with tricks or jokes
A malicious trickster; a fake person, especially one who deceives for personal profit.
Origin: From charlatan, from ciarlatano, a , literally, a native of Cerreto, a village in Umbria, known for its quacks.
one who prates much in his own favor, and makes unwarrantable pretensions; a quack; an impostor; an empiric; a mountebank
Origin: [F. charlatan, fr. It. ciarlatano, fr. ciarlare to chartter, prate; of imitative origin; cf. It. zirlare to whistle like a thrush.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
shär′la-tan, n. a mere talking pretender: a quack.—adj. Charlatan′ic.—ns. Char′latanism, Char′latanry. [Fr.,—It. ciarlatano—ciarlare, to chatter, an imit. word.]
The numerical value of charlatan in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of charlatan in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
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- xarlatàCatalan, Valencian
- huijari, puoskariFinnish
- ընդվայրաբան, շառլատանArmenian
- шарлатан, шарлатанкаRussian
- пройдисвіт, дурисвітUkrainian
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