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noun 
  1. A party or assembly of people wearing masks, and amusing themselves with dancing, conversation, or other diversions.
    • Pope:
    • :In courtly balls and midnight masquerades
      1. (obsolete) A dramatic performance by actors in masks; a mask. See "mask"
      2. 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
      1. A Spanish diversion on horseback.
verb (masquerad, ing)
  1. (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?
  1. (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.
    • L'Estrange:
    • :A freak took an ass in the head, and he goes into the woods, masquerading up and down in a lion's skin
      1. (transitive) To conceal with masks; to disguise.
    • Killingbeck:
    • :To vice
Etymology: From mascarade ( mascarada), from mascarata (mascherata). See "mask".


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