1. An assembly of persons wearing masks, and amusing themselves with dancing, conversation, or other diversions.
In courtly balls and midnight masquerades. --Pope.
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. --De Quincey.
4. A Spanish diversion on horseback.
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. --L'Estrange.
Mas·quer·ade, v. t. To conceal with masks; to disguise. “To masquerade vice.”
n 1: a party of guests wearing costumes and masks [syn: masque,
2: a costume worn as a disguise at a masquerade party [syn: fancy
dress, masquerade costume]
3: making a false outward show; "a beggar's masquerade of
v 1: take part in a masquerade
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"