(1)   The face or front of a building
(2)   A showy misrepresentation intended to conceal something unpleasant


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  1. The face of a building, especially the front.
    • 2005, Peter Brandvold, “Ghost Colts”, in Robert J. Randisi (ed.), Lone Star Law,http://books.google.com/books?id=oD_1h7qBndoC 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. A deceptive outward appearance.

Dictionary notes

  • American Heritage Dictionary lists as the headword, with as a variant http://www.bartleby.com/61/30/F0003000.html.
  • Cambridge dictionary Online lists only the heading , but notes as an “also.”
  • Collins Word Exchange lists both spelling alternatives in the order: , .
  • Dictionary.com unabridged lists both spellings under the headword with listed as an “also.”
  • The Macquarie Dictionary, 3rd edition lists as the headword, with as an “also”.
  • Merriam-Webster Online lists only as a variant of .http://m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary?va=facade
  • MSN Encarta Dictionary lists both spelling alternatives in the order: , .
  • Oxford English Dictionary Online lists only .
  • Webster’s 1828 via ARTFL lists only .

Translation dictionaries
  • Collins German Dictionary Complete & unabridged, 5th edition lists only .
  • Collins Robert French Dictionary Complete & unabridged, 7th edition lists only .
  • Collins Spanish Dictionary Complete & unabridged, 8th edition lists only .
  • Diccionario Oxford Pocket Edición Latinoamericana lists only façade.
  • Larousse Gran Diccionario Inglés-Español Español-Inglés, 2nd edition lists only .

Dictionaries by amateur lexicographers
  • Wordnet 3.0 lists only .