[n] a word acted out in an episode of the game of charades
[n] a composition that imitates somebody's style in a humorous way
\Cha*rade"\, n. [F. charade, cf. Pr. charrada long chat, It ciarlare to chat, whence E. charlatan.] A verbal or acted enigma based upon a word which has two or more significant syllables or parts, each of which, as well as the word itself, is to be guessed from the descriptions or representations.