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1 a party of guests wearing costumes and masks [syn: masque, mask]
2 a costume worn as a disguise at a masquerade party [syn: fancy dress, masquerade costume]
3 making a false outward show; "a beggar's masquerade of wealth"


1 take part in a masquerade
2 pretend to be someone or something that you are not; "he is masquerading as the expert on the Internet"; "This silly novel is masquerading as a serious historical treaty"

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From mascarade ( mascarada), from mascarata (mascherata). See “mask”.



  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
  2. A dramatic performance by actors in masks; a mask. See “mask
  3. Acting or living under false pretenses; concealment of something by a false or unreal show; pretentious show; disguise.
    I was invited to the masquerade at their home.
    • De Quincey:
      That masquerade of misrepresentation which invariably accompanied the political eloquence of Rome
  4. A Spanish diversion on horseback.



  1. 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?
  2. 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
  3. To conceal with masks; to disguise.


to conceal with masks

Extensive Definition

Masquerade may refer to:


Computer networking




masquerade in German: Masquerade
masquerade in French: Masquerade

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