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masquerade

[ mas-kuh-reyd ]
/ 藢m忙s k蓹藞re瑟d /
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noun
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; fa莽ade; pretense: a hypocrite's masquerade of virtue.
activity, existence, etc., under false pretenses: a rich man's masquerade as a beggar.
verb (used without object), mas路quer路ad路ed, mas路quer路ad路ing.
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Origin of masquerade

1580鈥90; earlier masquerada, mascarado,pseudo-Spanish forms of Middle French mascarade<Upper Italian mascherada;see mask, -ade1

OTHER WORDS FROM masquerade

mas路quer路ad路er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for masquerade

masquerade
/ (藢m忙sk蓹藞re瑟d) /

noun
a party or other gathering to which the guests wear masks and costumes
the disguise worn at such a function
a pretence or disguise
verb (intr)
to participate in a masquerade; disguise oneself
to dissemble

Derived forms of masquerade

masquerader, noun

Word Origin for masquerade

C16: from Spanish mascarada, from mascara mask
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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