masquerade

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

Definition of masquerade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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

verb
masqueraded; masquerading

Definition of masquerade (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : 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

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Verb

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The masquerade parades, parties, and all out celebration of Bajan culture spills into every part of the island. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Must-Have Beauty Products For These Must-Visit Travel Destinations," 7 Jan. 2020 Other highlights included Friday afternoon’s masquerade march and a parade with floats and flamboyantly costumed marching groups. USA TODAY, "Superstorm art, Key West Fantasy Fest, pine cone plan: News from around our 50 states," 28 Oct. 2019 Phyllis Galembo has photographed masquerade for decades, roaming from the Niger Delta to Mexico and many places more, attentive to the ethics of her presence and, as a result, earning remarkable entree and trust. Siddhartha Mitter, New York Times, "Five Artists to Follow on Instagram Now," 22 Apr. 2020 Young men who smell of bergamot and leather. Bells tolling across midnight plazas. Whirling waltzes at a masquerade ball. Katie Ward Beim-esche, The Christian Science Monitor, "Mystery and romance swirl together in young adult novel ‘The Beautiful’," 7 Apr. 2020 There are exceptions for masquerades and other entertainment events. oregonlive.com, "Portland’s police chief calls for anti-mask law, different approach for violent protesters," 3 July 2019 This should be a time to do something special inside the house, like baking pancakes or a family masquerade. Anna Momigliano, Washington Post, "We live in Milan. Here’s what parenting in the time of coronavirus is like.," 27 Feb. 2020 Charles and Camilla held sparkling black masquerade masks resembling big cats against their faces, while the Queen’s eldest son and heir had a laugh at some of the other masks resembling elephants and birds. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Why Are Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall Wearing Bedazzled Animal Masks?," 13 June 2019 Mulan brings honor to us all by masquerades as a man to protect her father and help in the fight against invaders attacking China. Briana Rice, Cincinnati.com, "10 movies we can't wait to see in 2020," 17 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Because for the past few years the actress has masqueraded flawlessly—on red carpets and in high-fashion editorial shoots and on set—as TV's chicest assassin. Neha Prakash, Marie Claire, "Jodie Comer on Playing TV's Chicest (and Cheekiest) Assassin," 26 Apr. 2020 This assault on human decency which is masquerading as a supposedly scientific experiment must not be allowed to continue. oregonlive, "Animal rights groups decries ‘barbaric’ electric shock experiments on ferrets at OHSU," 15 Apr. 2020 After Sanders' remarks at the debate, some social media analysts were skeptical of the notion that Russians already were masquerading as the candidate's supporters. Anchorage Daily News, "Sanders is briefed by U.S. officials that Russia is trying to help his presidential campaign," 21 Feb. 2020 Gathering along the city’s subway lines Friday night, many protest supporters masqueraded as Winnie the Pooh or Guy Fawkes. Washington Post, "Hong Kong protesters mock China leaders, defy face mask ban," 19 Oct. 2019 Back in New York, Henry kept busy by masquerading as G. Clifford Prout, the president of The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, a faux organization out to convince America to clothe their pets and barnyard animals. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, "Buck Henry, Fun-Loving Screenwriter and Actor, Dies at 89," 9 Jan. 2020 As is clear, visiting a site that exploited these bugs allowed it to masquerade as any other site. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Bugs that let sites hijack Mac and iPhone cameras fetch $75k bounty," 3 Apr. 2020 Sonny Figueroa/The New York Times Jackfruit, said to be the world’s largest tree fruit, has become an ingredient of choice among vegans for its ability to masquerade as meat, notably as pulled pork in barbecue dishes. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Turn to Jackfruit for a Vegan Snack," 2 Mar. 2020 But the rules, adopted in 1991, increasingly proved to be no match against fraudsters who developed sophisticated techniques to masquerade their phone numbers and dial or text consumers in large batches. BostonGlobe.com, "WASHINGTON — Congress on Thursday approved the country’s first major anti-robocall law in decades, hoping that a mix of new federal powers and regulations targeting the telecom industry will spell relief from spam calls that rang consumers a record 54 billion times this year.," 20 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of masquerade

Noun

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for masquerade

Noun

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

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Time Traveler for masquerade

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The first known use of masquerade was in 1587

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Last Updated

10 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Masquerade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/masquerade. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for masquerade

masquerade

noun
How to pronounce masquerade (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of masquerade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a party at which people wear masks and often costumes
: a way of appearing or behaving that is not true or real

masquerade

verb

English Language Learners Definition of masquerade (Entry 2 of 2)

: to pretend to be someone or something else

masquerade

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

Kids Definition of masquerade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a party (as a dance) at which people wear masks and costumes
2 : the act of pretending to be something different His friendliness was just a masquerade.

masquerade

verb
masqueraded; masquerading

Kids Definition of masquerade (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to wear a disguise
2 : to pretend to be something different : pose He was masquerading as a policeman.

Other Words from masquerade

masquerader noun

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