masquerade

1 of 2

noun

mas·​quer·​ade ˌma-skə-ˈrād How to pronounce masquerade (audio)
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

masquerade

2 of 2

verb

masqueraded; masquerading

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
masquerader noun

Examples of masquerade in a Sentence

Noun She could not keep up the masquerade any longer. although she was deeply bored, she maintained a masquerade of polite interest as her guest droned on Verb He was masquerading under a false name.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
For Moore’s Feud: Capote vs. The Swans premiere in New York City, the invite called for black-and-white chic inspired by Truman Capote’s 1966 masquerade ball. Carol McColgin, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Mar. 2024 Venice is the inspiration behind the indoor and outdoor areas, including the atrium, modeled after Piazza San Marco, and the Carnevale Lounge, inspired by Venetian masquerades. Megan Dubois, Travel + Leisure, 21 Mar. 2024 Hosted each November by Friends of Culture, travel to the Caribbean islands through colorful and feather-filled masquerade costumes, delightful cuisine, dance, and music. Ronny Maye, Essence, 12 Feb. 2024 Whether your ancestors were the soldiers or members of society in the homeland reaping benefits, this masquerade of modernization supported generations of the colonizing country’s communities forming what is often referred to now as the colonial mind. Philip Wolf, Rolling Stone, 31 Jan. 2024 In the spirit of the masquerade, the Gould pseudonym adds to the allure of mystery – and the joy of discovery. Max Chapnick, The Conversation, 7 Dec. 2023 The city enforced a law banning masks after concerns of Black people anonymously sneaking into white masquerade balls. Cierra Chenier, Essence, 12 Feb. 2024 Femininity was understood to be a cultural construct, a masquerade, and Sherman’s photographs were considered exemplary of this turn. Nancy Princenthal, New York Times, 24 Jan. 2024 Jab Jab The Jab Jab masquerade is associated with resistance and freedom. Melissa Noel, Essence, 13 Feb. 2024
Verb
These days, virality is not so much a lightning strike as a marketing scheme, reverse engineered by executives and masquerading as serendipity. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, 8 Apr. 2024 Greenberg also cautioned residents to be aware of scammers who might attempt to take advantage of people affected by the natural disaster, like those masquerading as Federal Emergency Management Agency employees. Eleanor McCrary, The Courier-Journal, 3 Apr. 2024 The Creature is a healthy dose of self-love masquerading in a dead man’s mangled body. Sonia Rao, Washington Post, 9 Feb. 2024 Despite best efforts, some legitimate artists have become victims of malicious streaming fraud or been taken advantage of by fraudsters masquerading as digital marketing or promotional companies. Ari Herstand, Variety, 9 Apr. 2024 Or an economic development plan masquerading as flood control to tap federal money? Luke Ranker, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 2 Apr. 2024 The hacked Mandiant account was initially used to masquerade as one belonging to Phantom, a company that offers a wallet for storing cryptocurrency. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 4 Jan. 2024 An attacker could masquerade as anyone, even as an official from special services, to obtain critical information. David Balaban, Forbes, 18 Feb. 2024 But it’s become obvious that the Dodgers way isn’t the right way, cubic zirconia masquerading as diamond. Nick Canepa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Dec. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of masquerade was in 1587

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Cite this Entry

“Masquerade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/masquerade. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

masquerade

1 of 2 noun
mas·​quer·​ade ˌmas-kə-ˈrād How to pronounce masquerade (audio)
1
: a party (as a dance) at which people wear masks and often fantastic costumes
2
: an action or appearance that is only a disguise or outward show : pose

masquerade

2 of 2 verb
masqueraded; masquerading
1
: to take part in a masquerade
2
: to assume the appearance of something one is not : pose
masquerader noun

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