- 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 masqueraded
Communistic quackery has masqueraded as sociological wisdom.
Mr. Buffington was rich in names, and had masqueraded under at least a dozen.Mark Mason's Victory
She felt that she ought to—but that was only because I masqueraded in your history.The Two Vanrevels
I had masqueraded as one of the ghosts in this accursed house.Man and Maid
E. (Edith) Nesbit
It was the girl with the Gypsies who had masqueraded as the queen.The Corner House Girls Under Canvas
Grace Brooks Hill
- 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 masqueraded
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.