- The definition of a masquerade is a fancy costume party where the guests wear masks, or to live or act in a false way.
- An example of a masquerade is the ball described in Edgar Allen Poe's short story The Masque of the Red Death.
- An example of a masquerade is hiding the fact that you have two pets from your landlord.
- Masquerade is defined as to wear a disguise or pretend to be someone else.
- An example of to masquerade is wearing a costume.
- An example of to masquerade is pretending to be a guest at a wedding you're crashing.
- a ball or party at which masks and fancy costumes or disguises are worn
- a costume for such a ball or party
- a disguise, false show, or pretense
- a living or acting under false pretenses
Origin: altered (by associated, association with masque) from French mascarade from Italian mascarata, dialect, dialectal variant, variety of mascherata (from maschera): see mask
- masquerader noun
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- a. A costume party at which masks are worn; a masked ball. Also called masque.b. A costume for such a party or ball.
- a. A disguise or false outward show; a pretense: a masquerade of humility.b. An involved scheme; a charade.
- To wear a mask or disguise, as at a masquerade: She masqueraded as a shepherd.
- To go about as if in disguise; have or put on a deceptive appearance: The stowaway masqueraded as a crew member.
Origin: French mascarade, from Italian mascarata, variant of mascherata, from Old Italian maschera, mask; see mask.
- masˌquer·adˈer noun