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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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▪ And when the lights dimmed, faux snow began to float down from the ceiling and on to the sweet-smelling soil.
▪ Even your basic beach motel is putting up faux columns.
▪ I create fine art from found objects, and also work extensively in faux stone.
▪ They tend to have a faux friendliness to them.
▪ What is evolving is a derivative style, or faux formal.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

faux \faux\ (f[add]ks), n.; pl. fauces (f[add]"s[=e]z). [L.] See Fauces.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

from French faux "false" (12c., see false). Used with English words at least since 1676 (Etheredge, faux-prude). Used by itself, with French pronunciation, from 1980s to mean "fake."


a. fake or artificial


adj. not genuine or real; being an imitation of the genuine article; "it isn't fake anything; it's real synthetic fur"; "faux pearls"; "false teeth"; "decorated with imitation palm leaves"; "a purse of simulated alligator hide" [syn: fake, false, imitation, simulated]


Faux is a French word for "false". The adjective has been adopted into the English language to describe an imitation or ersatz good.

When manufacturing faux objects or materials, an attempt is often made to create products which will resemble the imitated items as closely as possible. However, some products are intentionally made to look "faux", for example, faux furs made for prospective buyers who want their fur to be recognizable as imitation due to controversy over the use and manufacture of real animal furs.

Faux materials are produced in a variety of ways, for example faux finishes, such as Terrazzo and scagliola, generally made with marble dust in a plaster binder, yielding a hard material that will take a polish. To imitate marbles, porphyry, and other stones, "faux finishes" are often painted using spatterdash, sponging, and feather-streaking techniques on gessoed and painted surfaces.

Faux (disambiguation)

Faux is a French word meaning false. Faux may also refer to:

  • Faux painting
  • Faux chateau
  • Fauxbourdon
Communes in France
  • Faux, Ardennes, in the Ardennes département
  • Faux, Dordogne, in the Dordogne département
  • Faux-Fresnay, in the Marne département
  • Faux-la-Montagne, in the Creuse département
  • Faux-Mazuras, in the Creuse département
  • Faux-Vésigneul, in the Marne département
  • Faux-Villecerf, in the Aube département
  • Faux (film), a 2010 film
Everything else
  • All pages beginning with the word "faux".
Faux (film)

Faux is a 2010 drama film directed and written by Christopher Michael Beer focusing on the influence economics has on sexuality.