- A party or assembly of people wearing masks, and amusing themselves with dancing, conversation, or other diversions.
verb (masquerad, ing)
- :In courtly balls and midnight masquerades
- (obsolete) A dramatic performance by actors in masks; a mask. See "mask"
- acting, Acting or living under false pretenses; concealment of something by a false or unreal show; pretentious show; disguise.
- I was invited to the at their home.
- De Quincey:
- :That of misrepresentation which invariably accompanied the political eloquence of Rome
- A Spanish diversion on horseback.
- (intransitive) To assemble in masks; to take part in a masquerade.
- I'm going to masquarade as the wikipede. What are you going to dress up as?
- (intransitive) To frolic or disport in disguise; to make a pretentious show of being what one is not.
- He masqueraded as my friend until the truth finally came out.
Etymology: From mascarade ( mascarada), from mascarata (mascherata). See "mask".
- :A freak took an ass in the head, and he goes into the woods, masquerading up and down in a lion's skin
- (transitive) To conceal with masks; to disguise.
- :To vice
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