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Facade Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    facade n
  1. the face or front of a building [syn: frontage, frontal]
  2. a showy misrepresentation intended to conceal something unpleasant [syn: window dressing]
Facade Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    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 fa[,c]ade unfinished, though the interior may be in use.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Facade'

A facade or façade (pronounced /fəˈsɑːd/) is generally one side of the exterior of a building, especially the front, but also sometimes the sides and rear. The word comes from the French language, literally meaning "frontage" or "face".

In architecture, the facade of a building is often the most important from a design standpoint, as it sets the tone for the rest of the building. Many facades are historic, and local zoning regulations or other laws greatly restrict or even forbid their alteration.

The word comes from the French word façade which comes from Italian word facciata, from Italian word faccia meaning face, from Vulgar Latin *facia. The earliest use of the word is in 1681. Also used as a great word in the thief of Baghdad. With the F- Clef (left hand)

It was quite common in the Georgian period for existing houses in English towns to be given a new fashionable facade. For example in the City of Bath The Bunch of Grape in Westgate Street appears to be a Georgian building but the appearance is only skin deep and some of the interior rooms sill have Jacobean plasterwork ceilings.

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