facade
Pronunciation
  • (Aus) IPA: /fəˈsaːd/
  • (British, America) IPA: /fəˈsɑːd/
Noun

facade (plural facades)

  1. (architecture) The face of a building, especially the front view or elevation.
    • 1865, James Fergusson, A History of Architecture in All Countries
      In Egypt the façades of their rock-cut tombs were […] ornamented so simply and unobtrusively as rather to belie than to announce their internal magnificence.
    • 1880, Charles Eliot Norton, Historical Studies of Church-Building in the Middle Ages
      Like so many of the finest churches, [the cathedral of Siena] was furnished with a plain substantial front wall, intended to serve as the backing and support of an ornamental façade.
    • 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter V, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326 ↗:
      The house of Ruthven was a small but ultra-modern limestone affair, between Madison and Fifth ; […]. As a matter of fact its narrow ornate façade presented not a single quiet space that the eyes might rest on after a tiring attempt to follow and codify the arabesques, foliations, and intricate vermiculations of what some disrespectfully dubbed as “near-aissance.”
    • 2005, Peter Brandvold, “Ghost Colts”, in Robert J. Randisi (ed.), Lone Star Law, Simon and Schuster, ISBN 1416514597, page 179,
      Eight or so gunmen stood shoulder to shoulder in the gray-white trail before the barn, firing into the saloon's burning, bullet-pocked facade.
  2. (by extension) The face or front (most visible side) of any other thing, such as an organ.
  3. (figuratively) A deceptive or insincere outward appearance; a front.
  4. (programming) An object serving as a simplified interface to a larger body of code, as in the facade pattern.
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