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masquerade

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noun mas·quer·ade \ˌmas-kə-ˈrād\

Definition of masquerade

  1. 1a :  a social gathering of persons wearing masks and often fantastic costumesb :  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

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Origin and Etymology of masquerade

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


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masquerade

verb mas·quer·ade

Definition of masquerade

masqueraded

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masquerading

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to disguise oneself; also :  to go about disguisedb :  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.

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First Known Use of masquerade

1677


MASQUERADE Defined for English Language Learners

masquerade

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noun

Definition of masquerade for English Language Learners

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

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

masquerade

verb

Definition of masquerade for English Language Learners

  • : to pretend to be someone or something else


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

masqueraded

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masquerading

  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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