What does charade mean?

Definitions for charade
ʃəˈreɪd; esp. Brit. ʃəˈrɑdcha·rade

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. parody, lampoon, spoof, sendup, mockery, takeoff, burlesque, travesty, charade, pasquinade, put-onnoun

    a composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody's style, usually in a humorous way

  2. charadenoun

    a word acted out in an episode of the game of charades


  1. charadenoun

    Something apparently real but based on pretence/pretense.

    She said she loved me but it was only a charade.

  2. charadenoun

    A party game in which players mime a word or phrase that the other players must try to guess.


  1. Charade

    Charade is a ballad written by Barry Gibb and Robin Gibb released in 1974 by the Bee Gees. It was the third and final single released from the Mr. Natural album. This track was edited to 3:14 for its single version. Like the parent album, the single was not a hit and only managed to climb to #31 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart in late 1974. It did reach the Top 10 in Chile, peaking at #7.


  1. charade

    A charade is a type of game in which participants attempt to guess a word or phrase based on mimed clues from one or more individuals. It can also refer to an act or event that is clearly false, deceptive, or lacking in genuine substance or meaning.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Charadenoun

    a verbal or acted enigma based upon a word which has two or more significant syllables or parts, each of which, as well as the word itself, is to be guessed from the descriptions or representations

  2. Etymology: [F. charade, cf. Pr. charrada long chat, It ciarlare to chat, whence E. charlatan.]


  1. Charade

    Charade is a 1963 American romantic comedy/mystery film directed by Stanley Donen, written by Peter Stone and Marc Behm, and starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. The movie also features Walter Matthau, James Coburn, George Kennedy, Dominique Minot, Ned Glass, and Jacques Marin. It spans three genres: suspense thriller, romance and comedy. Because Universal Pictures published the movie with an invalid copyright notice, the film entered the public domain in the United States immediately upon its release. The film is notable for its screenplay, especially the repartee between Grant and Hepburn, for having been filmed on location in Paris, for Henry Mancini's score and theme song, and for the animated titles by Maurice Binder. Charade has received generally positive reviews from critics, and was additionally noted to contain influences of genres such as whodunit, screwball and spy thriller; it has also been referred to as "the best Hitchcock movie that Hitchcock never made."

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Charade

    shar-äd′, n. a species of riddle, the subject of which is a word proposed for solution from an enigmatical description of its component syllables and of the whole—the charade is often acted. [Fr.; ety. dub. Littré gives Prov. charrada, chatter; Prof. Skeat quotes Sp. charrada, the speech of a clown.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of charade in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of charade in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of charade in a Sentence

  1. Scott Perry:

    This is all for headlines and sensationalism, the fact that they sent it to the press before they send it to the members is just proof it's all about headlines. This whole thing is a charade.

  2. Elijah Cummings:

    Rather than drag out this political charade into 2016 and selectively leak portions of a closed-door interview, the Committee should schedule the public hearing, make her records public and re-focus its efforts on the attacks in Benghazi.

  3. Germaine Greer:

    Older women can afford to agree that femininity is a charade, a matter of colored hair, ecru lace and whalebones, the kind of slap and tat that transvestites are in love with, and no more.

  4. Joanna Schwartz:

    If a lawyer knows ahead of time that the officer is not going to be identified, who has no resources, it makes no financial sense at all to litigate that case, if we've given up the charade that accountability is only through financial payments by those officers, then we need to think more seriously about what the consequences are and what our internal disciplinary systems look like in law enforcement agencies.

  5. Michael Stipe:

    Go f--k yourselves, the lot of you—you sad, attention-grabbing, power hungry little men. Do not use our music or my voice for your moronic charade of a campaign.

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