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definition of the word masquerade

by the Wiktionnary

From French mascarade (Spanish mascarada), from Italian mascarata (mascherata). See “mask”.



masquerade (plural masquerades)

  1. A party or assembly of people wearing masks, and amusing themselves with dancing, conversation, or other diversions.
    • Pope:
      In courtly balls and midnight masquerades
  2. (obsolete) A dramatic performance by actors in masks; a mask. See “mask
  3. Acting or living under false pretenses; concealment of something by a false or unreal show; pretentious show; disguise.
    I was invited to the masquerade at their home.
    • De Quincey:
      That masquerade of misrepresentation which invariably accompanied the political eloquence of Rome
  4. A Spanish diversion on horseback.

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