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Charade (either from a French dialect-word meaning to chatter, or from a Spanish word for clown), a name applied (1) to a word given to be guessed, the indication being given by some description of the meaning of each component syllable separately; (2) to a sort of improvised drama, the name of which is to be guessed from the action of the performers.