[mas-kuh-reyd] /ˌmæs kəˈreɪd/

a party, dance, or other festive gathering of persons wearing masks and other disguises, and often elegant, historical, or fantastic costumes.
a costume or disguise worn at such a gathering.
false outward show; façade; pretense:
a hypocrite’s masquerade of virtue.
activity, existence, etc., under false pretenses:
a rich man’s masquerade as a beggar.
verb (used without object), masqueraded, masquerading.
to go about under false pretenses or a false character; assume the character of; give oneself out to be:
to masquerade as a former Russian count.
to disguise oneself.
to take part in a masquerade.
a party or other gathering to which the guests wear masks and costumes
the disguise worn at such a function
a pretence or disguise
verb (intransitive)
to participate in a masquerade; disguise oneself
to dissemble

1590s, “assembly of people wearing masks and disguises,” from French mascarade or Spanish mascarada “masked party or dance,” from Italian mascarata “a ball at which masks are worn,” variant of mascherata “masquerade,” from maschera (see mask (n.)). Figurative sense of “false outward show” is from 1670s.

1650s, from masquerade (n.). Related: Masqueraded; masquerading.


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