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Definition of Masquerade

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assume a disguise; attend a masked ball, attend a costume party; impersonate; pose
masked ball; assumption of a disguise; impersonation; charade
Masquerade Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(v. t.)
To conceal with masks; to disguise.
  
(v. i.)
To frolic or disport in disquise; to make a pretentious show of being what one is not.
  
(v. i.)
To assemble in masks; to take part in a masquerade.
  
(n.)
An assembly of persons wearing masks, and amusing themselves with dancing, conversation, or other diversions.
  
(n.)
Acting or living under false pretenses; concealment of something by a false or unreal show; pretentious show; disguise.
  
(n.)
A Spanish diversion on horseback.
  
(n.)
A dramatic performance by actors in masks; a mask. See 1st Mask, 4.
  
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
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masquerade
\mas`quer*ade"\ (?), n. [f. mascarade, fr. sp. mascarada, or it. mascherata. see mask.]
1. an assembly of persons wearing masks, and amusing themselves with dancing, conversation, or other diversions. in courtly balls and midnight masquerades.
2. a dramatic performance by actors in masks; a mask. see 1st mask, 4. [obs.]
3. acting or living under false pretenses; concealment of something by a false or unreal show; pretentious show; disguise. that masquerade of misrepresentation which invariably accompanied the political eloquence of rome.
4. a spanish diversion on horseback.
masquerade
\mas`quer*ade"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. masqueraded; p. pr. & vb. n. masquerading.] 1. to assemble in masks; to take part in a masquerade.
2. to frolic or disport in disquise; to make a pretentious show of being what one is not. a freak took an ass in the head, and he goes into the woods, masquerading up and down in a lion's skin.
masquerade
\mas`quer*ade"\, v. t. to conceal with masks; to disguise. "to masquerade vice." --killingbeck.

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A social party composed of persons masked and costumed so as to be disguised.
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. a party of guests wearing costumes and masks
(synonym) masque, mask
(hypernym) party
(hyponym) masked ball, masquerade ball, fancy-dress ball
2. a costume worn as a disguise at a masquerade party
(synonym) fancy dress, masquerade costume
(hypernym) costume
(part-meronym) domino
3. making a false outward show; "a beggar's masquerade of wealth"
(hypernym) pretense, pretence, pretending, simulation, feigning

Verb
1. take part in a masquerade
(hypernym) disguise
(derivation) fancy dress, masquerade costume
2. pretend to be someone or something that you are not; "he is masquerading as the expert on the Internet"; "This silly novel is masquerading as a serious historical treaty"
(hypernym) pose, impersonate, personate
Masquerade Definition from Social Science Dictionaries & Glossaries
Dream Dictionary
To dream of attending a masquerade, denotes that you will indulge in foolish and harmful pleasures to the neglect of business and domestic duties.

For a young woman to dream that she participates in a masquerade, denotes that she will be deceived.
  
Ten Thousand Dreams Interpreted, or "What's in a dream": a scientific and practical exposition; By Gustavus Hindman, 1910. For the open domain e-text see: Guttenberg Project
Masquerade Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
Masquerade is "a party or assembly of people wearing masks", it may refer to:

Film
  • The Masquerade (1913 film), an animated film by Émile Cohl
  • Masquerade (1931 film), a film starring Vivienne Osborne
  • Masquerade (1965 film), a British spy spoof starring Cliff Robertson and Jack Hawkins
  • Masquerade (1988 film), an American thriller starring Rob Lowe and Meg Tilly
  • The Masquerade (2007 film), an American thriller starring Brianne Davis and Christopher Masterson
  • Masquerades (film), a 2008 film
  • Masquerade (2012 film) or Gwanghae, a South Korean film

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