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 Other stories abound — like that of Ellen and William Craft, whose escape from slavery involved a daring racial and gender masquerade. Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2021 Previous research hypothesized that the crab spiders’ masquerade could attract hapless insects. New York Times, 24 Aug. 2021 Halloween Soirée are $150 and include unlimited food and beverage, like gin cocktails, bubbly and delicate sandwiches fit for a masquerade. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, 2 Sep. 2021 The Boston Caribbean Festival will bring a dose of Caribbean-American culture to Franklin Park Saturday afternoon with masquerade bands, food, and family activities. BostonGlobe.com, 28 Aug. 2021 Others boycotted, calling the election nothing more than a masquerade that will do nothing to change Algeria’s old guard and address serious economic difficulties from declining energy revenue. Washington Post, 12 June 2021 Some students wore festive masquerade ball masks with their formalwear. Karie Angell Luc, chicagotribune.com, 24 May 2021 At a lavish masquerade ball, a tall, gaunt guest arrives to ruin their careless fun. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, 24 Mar. 2021 The controversial Mystic Krewe of Nyx held its annual Carnival masquerade ball in a Biloxi, Mississippi, casino hotel on Saturday night. Doug Maccash | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, 25 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The group uses fake conference invitations or interview requests, and frequently masquerade as officials at Washington, D.C., think tanks as a cover, according to Microsoft. Arkansas Online, 18 Nov. 2021 VPNs masquerade their proxy servers to present to web servers as genuine locations, enabling users to defeat web restrictions in places like China. Zak Doffman, Forbes, 2 Oct. 2021 The slugs offer the chloroplasts a home, and get to, for a while, masquerade as pseudo-plants; the chloroplasts, in turn, become the sole survivors of carnage, enduring where the rest of their algal comrades could not. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 28 Sep. 2021 Eczema might even masquerade as ringworm, a fungal infection. Erin Nicole Cellett, Allure, 23 Aug. 2021 And interventions like cupping, that masquerade as science without fulfilling its robust methodology, are known as pseudoscience. Nicholas B. Tiller, Quartz, 6 Aug. 2021 Corns on the feet and seborrheic keratoses both can masquerade as warts, and the treatment for those conditions is different. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 6 Aug. 2021 And interventions like cupping, that masquerade as science without fulfilling its robust methodology, are known as pseudoscience. Nicholas B. Tiller, Quartz, 6 Aug. 2021 And interventions like cupping, that masquerade as science without fulfilling its robust methodology, are known as pseudoscience. Nicholas B. Tiller, Quartz, 6 Aug. 2021

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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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The first known use of masquerade was in 1587

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21 Nov 2021

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“Masquerade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/masquerade. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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masquerade

noun

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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