- 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 of masqueradealtered (by associated, association with masque) ; from French mascarade ; from Italian mascarata, dialect, dialectal variant, variety of mascherata (; from maschera): see mask
- 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.
intransitive verbmas·quer·ad·ed, mas·quer·ad·ing, mas·quer·ades
- 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 of masqueradeFrench mascarade, from Italian mascarata, variant of mascherata, from Old Italian maschera, mask; see mask.
- A party or assembly of people wearing masks, and amusing themselves with dancing, conversation, or other diversions.
- In courtly balls and midnight masquerades - Alexander Pope
- Acting or living under false pretenses; concealment of something by a false or unreal show; pretentious show; disguise.
- I was invited to the masquerade at their home.
- That masquerade of misrepresentation which invariably accompanied the political eloquence of Rome - Thomas de Quincey
- A Spanish diversion on horseback.
(third-person singular simple present masquerades, present participle masquerading, simple past and past participle masqueraded)
- (intransitive) To assemble in masks; to take part in a masquerade.
- I'm going to masquerade as the wikipede. What are you going to dress up as?
- (intransitive) To frolic or disport in disguise; to make a pretentious show of being what one is not.
- He masqueraded as my friend until the truth finally came out.
- A freak took an ass in the head, and he goes into the woods, masquerading up and down in a lion's skin - Roger L'Estrange
- To conceal with masks; to disguise.
- To masquerade vice - Killingbeck