From Middle French charlatan, from Old Italian ciarlatano (“quack”), a blend of ciarlatore (“chatterer”) + cerretano (“hawker, quack”, literally “native of Cerreto”) (Cerreto di Spoleto being a village in Umbria, known for its quacks).
charlatan (plural charlatans)
- imposter, impostor
- See also Thesaurus:deceiver
From Italian. Pejorative meaning first recorded 1668.
- “charlatan” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).