- the front of a building, especially an imposing or decorative one.
- any side of a building facing a public way or space and finished accordingly.
- a superficial appearance or illusion of something: They managed somehow to maintain a facade of wealth.
- the face of a building, esp the main front
- a front or outer appearance, esp a deceptive one
1650s, “front of a building,” from French façade (16c.), from Italian facciata, from faccia “face,” from Vulgar Latin *facia (see face (n.)). Figurative use by 1845.