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a. charades(used with a sing. or pl. verb) A game in which words or phrases are represented in pantomime, sometimes syllable by syllable, until they are guessed by the other players.
b. An episode in this game or a word or phrase so represented.
2. A readily perceived pretense; a travesty: went through the charade of a public apology.

[French, probably from Provençal charrado, chat, from charra, to chat, chatter, perhaps from Italian ciarlare.]


(Games, other than specified) (functioning as singular) a parlour game in which one team acts out each syllable of a word, the other team having to guess the word
[C18: from French charade entertainment, from Provençal charrado chat, from charra chatter, of imitative origin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.charades - player acts out a phrase for others to guesscharades - player acts out a phrase for others to guess
guessing game - a game in which participants compete to identify some obscurely indicated thing
charade - a word acted out in an episode of the game of charades
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(ʃəˈraːd) , ((American) ʃəˈreid) noun
a piece of ridiculous pretence which is so obvious that it does not deceive anyone.
chaˈrades noun singular
a game in which each syllable of a word, and then the whole word, is acted and the audience has to guess the word.
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Students were divided into two categories from Grade 6 to 8 and Grade 9 to 13 as they competed in events like debate, elocution, dumb charades, what's the good word, creative writing, 20 questions, collage and just a minute.
Nemo's (Namit Das) gagging with duct tape and dumb charades had the audience in splits too.
When we were on outdoor shoots, Kaif would strum the guitar and you have no idea about their talent, both play dumb charades really well.