It builds to a masquerade ball, in which Not Harry and the women don masks and commence flirting.
He was supposed to come back to “masquerade the relationship,” but no such luck.
He escorts her to masquerade parties, takes her sailing on his yacht, force-feeds her oysters.
They masquerade as intellectual contests, but are really just showcases for rhetorical cleverness and public charisma.
Not just quirks in masquerade, but full, round, honest characters.
It seems very odd to think of a judge in a masquerade costume, all the same.
And now I should like to know the meaning of this masquerade?
And as for the masquerade, let us hope it was essentially foreign even to the skin of the man!
Did this scheme for Anne's departure include the masquerade you have indulged in?
Precisely; and this ‘brave man’, is the same who was present at the masquerade; is it not so?
1590s, "assembly of people wearing masks and disguises," from French mascarade or Spanish mascarada "masked party or dance," from Italian mascarata "a ball at which masks are worn," variant of mascherata "masquerade," from maschera (see mask (n.)). Figurative sense of "false outward show" is from 1670s.
1650s, from masquerade (n.). Related: Masqueraded; masquerading.