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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

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

  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

Full Definition of masquerade

masquerad·edmasquerad·ing

  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

mas·quer·ad·er noun

Examples of masquerade

  1. He was masquerading under a false name.



1677

First Known Use of masquerade

1677



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