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.
- mas·quer·ad·er, noun
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How to use masquerade in a sentence
He hid himself in Assouan with belief for a companion, he came back and found that companion had been but a masquerader—disbelief.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
Drawing his sword Philibert strode forward and with a quick turn confronted the bold masquerader.The Court Jester | Cornelia Baker
Noble gentleman of another period, he stalked a piteous masquerader where he had once been at home.Lazarre | Mary Hartwell Catherwood
Faith, a paladin, a deliverer of oppressed damsels, a very carnival masquerader!Joan of the Sword Hand | S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett
"But she called me a hypocrite; a Christian masquerader, Dogvane," he said.The Life of a Celebrated Buccaneer | Richard Clynton
British Dictionary definitions for masquerade
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
- masquerader, noun
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