- a party, dance, or other festive gathering of persons wearing masks and other disguises, and often elegant, historical, or fantastic costumes.
- a costume or disguise worn at such a gathering.
- false outward show; façade; pretense: a hypocrite's masquerade of virtue.
- activity, existence, etc., under false pretenses: a rich man's masquerade as a beggar.
- to go about under false pretenses or a false character; assume the character of; give oneself out to be: to masquerade as a former Russian count.
- to disguise oneself.
- to take part in a masquerade.
Origin of masquerade
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Examples from the Web for masquerader
She had seen him too many times in the Masquerader's Shows at Annapolis.Peggy Stewart at School
Gabrielle E. Jackson
If Gibson is a masquerader in league with Cummings he must be exposed.Spring Street
James H. Richardson
The hopes of the masquerader were depressed by the fears of the real man.A Summer's Outing
Carter H. Harrison
A soft chuckle reached her ear, and she knew that he knew he saw a masquerader.The Brand
"But she called me a hypocrite; a Christian masquerader, Dogvane," he said.The Life of a Celebrated Buccaneer
- a party or other gathering to which the guests wear masks and costumes
- the disguise worn at such a function
- a pretence or disguise
- to participate in a masquerade; disguise oneself
- to dissemble
Word Origin and History for masquerader
1650s, from masquerade (n.). Related: Masqueraded; masquerading.
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.