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Definitions for charlatan
ˈʃɑr lə tnchar·la·tan

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mountebank, charlatannoun

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

Wiktionary

  1. charlatannoun

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CHARLATANnoun

    A quack; a mountebank; an empirick.

    Etymology: charlatan, Fr. ciarlatano, Ital. from ciarlare, to chatter.

    Saltimbanchoes, quacksalvers, and charlatans, deceive them in lower degrees. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours. b. i. c. 3.

    For charlatans can do no good,
    Until they’re mounted in a crowd. Hudibras.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Charlatannoun

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

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

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Charlatan

    shär′la-tan, n. a mere talking pretender: a quack.—adj. Charlatan′ic.—ns. Char′latanism, Char′latanry. [Fr.,—It. ciarlatanociarlare, to chatter, an imit. word.]

Etymology and Origins

  1. Charlatan

    From the Italian ciarlatano, a quack, a babbler, a loquacious itinerant who sold medicines in a public square.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of charlatan in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of charlatan in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of charlatan in a Sentence

  1. Laksheish M Patel:

    SBIcap securities like most other stock brokerage firms is a charlatan that dupes its clients

  2. Elbert Hubbard:

    The man who craves disciples and wants followers is always more or less of a charlatan. The man of genuine worth and insight wants to be himself; and he wants others to be themselves, also.

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