masquerade


1mas·quer·ade

noun \ˌmas-kə-ˈrād\

: a party at which people wear masks and often costumes

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

Full Definition of MASQUERADE

1
a :  a social gathering of persons wearing masks and often fantastic costumes
b :  a costume for wear at such a gathering
2
:  an action or appearance that is mere disguise or show

Examples of MASQUERADE

  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

2masquerade

verb

: to pretend to be someone or something else

masquerad·edmasquerad·ing

Full Definition of MASQUERADE

intransitive verb
1
a :  to disguise oneself; also :  to go about disguised
b :  to take part in a masquerade
2
:  to assume the appearance of something one is not
mas·quer·ad·er noun

Examples of MASQUERADE

  1. He was masquerading under a false name.

First Known Use of MASQUERADE

1677

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