noun /fəˈsɑːd/
a) The face of a building, especially the front view or elevation.

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.

b) The face or front (most visible side) of any other thing, such as an organ.

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.

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  • façade — [ fasad ] n. f. • 1611; fassade 1565; it. facciata, de faccia « face » 1 ♦ Face antérieure d un bâtiment où s ouvre l entrée principale, donnant le plus souvent sur la rue. ⇒ 2. devant, front. « Le plan de cette belle façade du Louvre [...] qui… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Façade — • The face or front of any building. In ecclesiastical architecture the term is generally used to designate the west front; sometimes the transept fronts Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Facade     Façade …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Facade — Façade Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom …   Wikipédia en Français

  • facade — UK [fəˈsɑːd] / US [fəˈsɑd] or façade UK / US noun Word forms facade : singular facade plural facades 1) [countable] the front of a building, especially one that is large or impressive 2) [singular] a false appearance or way of behaving that hides …   English dictionary

  • Façade — Façade, (italiensk facciata, forside) er benævnelsen på forsiden af en bygning; man taler vel tillige om side facade, men facade betegner for byhuses vedkommende forsiden, den, som ved sin dekorative udstyrelse udtrykker bygningens karakter og… …   Danske encyklopædi

  • façade — Façade. s. f. Frontispice d un grand edifice. La façade d une Eglise. la façade d un Palais …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • facade — 1650s, front of a building, from Fr. façade (16c.), from It. facciata, from faccia face, from V.L. *facia (see FACE (Cf. face) (n.)). Figurative use by 1845 …   Etymology dictionary

  • facade —    , façade    (fah SAHD) [French, from Italian] The main face or front of a building; the side visible to the public. An outward appearance, especially one designed to make a good impression; a false front.    the façade of whose 18th century… …   Dictionary of foreign words and phrases

  • facade — or façade [fə säd′] n. [Fr < It facciata < faccia < VL facia: see FACE] 1. the front of a building; part of a building facing a street, courtyard, etc. 2. the front part of anything: often used figuratively, with implications of an… …   English World dictionary

  • Facade — Fa [,c]ade (f[.a] s[.a]d or f[.a] s[=a]d ), n. [F., fr. It. facciata, fr. faccia face, L. facies. See {Face}.] (Arch.) The front of a building; esp., the principal front, having some architectural pretensions. Thus a church is said to have its… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Façade — (fr., spr. Fasahd), die Außenseite eines Bauwerks, daher Vorder od. Haupt F., die nach der Straße zugekehrte, u. Seiten F. u. hintere F., die nach dem Hofe, Garten od. einer unbedeutenderen Straße zugekehrte Seite. Die symmetrische Gliederung der …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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