Meaning of “charade” - Learner’s Dictionary

charade

noun [ C ] uk us /ʃəˈrɑːd/ US  /ʃəˈreɪd/

a situation that is clearly false, but where people behave as if it is true or serious:

The interview was just a charade.

(Definition of “charade” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)