- 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 masquerading
By masquerading as a black candidate, Dave Wilson finally catches a break for the white man in America.White Man Wins Local Election After Running as a Black Man
November 11, 2013
I asked her if she did not feel as if she were just masquerading as a normal, middle-class person.Three Cheers for Alice Munro’s Nobel Prize in Literature
October 10, 2013
One comedic false alarm was provided by local deejay Gary Kiernan and his wife, Sandy, masquerading as the former first couple.Wedding Kicks Off!
July 30, 2010
When finally busted for masquerading as an M.D., he simply switched his title to “food scientist.”Dead Cool: Gayelord Hauser
May 29, 2010
The most provocative position comes from Senator Joseph Lieberman, the right-leaning Democrat masquerading as an Independent.Stomping on the Constitution
Gerald L. Shargel
May 5, 2010
But thee wrongs us somewhat, Sylvia: it has not all been masquerading.Beauty and The Beast, and Tales From Home
And the brunette, whether appearing as man or woman, should be accused of masquerading.Against Odds
Lawrence L. Lynch
I think that we have more serious things to think of than masquerading.The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume II (of 2)
Alexandre Dumas pre
What will our posterity think of our masquerading in old clothes?Hours in a Library, Volume I. (of III.)
So you have been masquerading as a native again, Mr. Lindsay?At the Point of the Bayonet
G. A. Henty
- 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 masquerading
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.