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masquerade

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noun mas·quer·ade \ˌmas-kə-ˈrād\

Simple Definition of masquerade

  • : a party at which people wear masks and often costumes

  • : a way of appearing or behaving that is not true or real

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of masquerade

  1. 1 a :  a social gathering of persons wearing masks and often fantastic costumes b :  a costume for wear at such a gathering

  2. 2 :  an action or appearance that is mere disguise or show

Examples of masquerade in a sentence

  1. She could not keep up the masquerade any longer.

  2. <although she was deeply bored, she maintained a masquerade of polite interest as her guest droned on>



Origin of masquerade

Middle French, from Old Italian dialect mascarada, from Old Italian maschera mask


First Known Use: 1587


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masquerade

verb mas·quer·ade

Simple Definition of masquerade

  • : to pretend to be someone or something else

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of masquerade

masqueradedmasquerading

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to disguise oneself; also :  to go about disguised b :  to take part in a masquerade

  3. 2 :  to assume the appearance of something one is not

masquerader noun

Examples of masquerade in a sentence

  1. He was masquerading under a false name.



1677

First Known Use of masquerade

1677


MASQUERADE Defined for Kids

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masquerade

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noun mas·quer·ade \ˌma-skə-ˈrād\

Definition of masquerade for Students

  1. 1 :  a party (as a dance) at which people wear masks and costumes

  2. 2 :  the act of pretending to be something different <His friendliness was just a masquerade.>




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masquerade

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verb mas·quer·ade

Definition of masquerade for Students

masqueradedmasquerading

  1. 1 :  to wear a disguise

  2. 2 :  to pretend to be something different :  pose <He was masquerading as a policeman.>

masquerader noun




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