What does masquerade mean?

Definitions for masquerade
ˌmæs kəˈreɪdmas·quer·ade

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. masquerade, masquerade party, masque, mask(noun)

    a party of guests wearing costumes and masks

  2. fancy dress, masquerade, masquerade costume(noun)

    a costume worn as a disguise at a masquerade party

  3. masquerade(verb)

    making a false outward show

    "a beggar's masquerade of wealth"

  4. masquerade(verb)

    take part in a masquerade

  5. masquerade(verb)

    pretend to be someone or something that you are not

    "he is masquerading as an expert on the internet"; "This silly novel is masquerading as a serious historical treaty"


  1. masquerade(Noun)

    A party or assembly of people wearing masks, and amusing themselves with dancing, conversation, or other diversions.

    In courtly balls and midnight masquerades - Alexander Pope

  2. masquerade(Noun)

    A dramatic performance by actors in masks; a mask. See u201Cmasku201D

  3. masquerade(Noun)

    Acting or living under false pretenses; concealment of something by a false or unreal show; pretentious show; disguise.

  4. masquerade(Noun)

    A Spanish diversion on horseback.

  5. masquerade(Verb)

    To assemble in masks; to take part in a masquerade.

    I'm going to masquerade as the wikipede. What are you going to dress up as?

  6. masquerade(Verb)

    To frolic or disport in disguise; to make a pretentious show of being what one is not.

  7. masquerade(Verb)

    To conceal with masks; to disguise.

    To masquerade vice - Killingbeck

  8. Origin: From mascarade ( mascarada), from mascarata (mascherata). See “mask”.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Masquerade(noun)

    an assembly of persons wearing masks, and amusing themselves with dancing, conversation, or other diversions

  2. Masquerade(noun)

    a dramatic performance by actors in masks; a mask. See 1st Mask, 4

  3. Masquerade(noun)

    acting or living under false pretenses; concealment of something by a false or unreal show; pretentious show; disguise

  4. Masquerade(noun)

    a Spanish diversion on horseback

  5. Masquerade(verb)

    to assemble in masks; to take part in a masquerade

  6. Masquerade(verb)

    to frolic or disport in disquise; to make a pretentious show of being what one is not

  7. Masquerade(verb)

    to conceal with masks; to disguise

  8. Origin: [F. mascarade, fr. Sp. mascarada, or It. mascherata. See Mask.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Masquerade

    mask-ėr-ād′, n. an assembly of persons wearing masks, generally at a ball: disguise.—v.i. to wear a mask: to join in a masquerade: to go in disguise.—n. Masquerad′er, a person wearing a mask: a person or thing disguised in any manner. [Fr. mascarade. See Mask.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of masquerade in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of masquerade in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of masquerade in a Sentence

  1. Arthur Schopenhauer:

    The closing years of life are like the end of a masquerade party when the masks are dropped.

  2. John Wayne:

    Screw ambiguity. Perversion and corruption masquerade as ambiguity. I don't trust ambiguity.

  3. Germaine Greer:

    Women over fifty already form one of the largest groups in the population structure of the western world. As long as they like themselves, they will not be an oppressed minority. In order to like themselves they must reject trivialization by others of who and what they are. A grown woman should not have to masquerade as a girl in order to remain in the land of the living.

  4. Anthon St Maarten:

    Like a Columbus of the heart, mind and soul I have hurled myself off the shores of my own fears and limiting beliefs to venture far out into the uncharted territories of my inner truth, in search of what it means to be genuine and at peace with who I really am. I have abandoned the masquerade of living up to the expectations of others and explored the new horizons of what it means to be truly and completely me, in all my amazing imperfection and most splendid insecurity.

  5. Germaine Greer:

    Maybe I couldn't make it. Maybe I don't have a pretty smile, good teeth, nice tits, long legs, a cheeky ass, a sexy voice. Maybe I don't know how to handle men and increase my market value, so that the rewards due to the feminine will accrue to me. Then again, maybe I'm sick of the masquerade. I'm sick of pretending eternal youth. I'm sick of belying my own intelligence, my own will, my own sex. I'm sick of peering at the world through false eyelashes, so everything I see is mixed with a shadow of bought hairs; I'm sick of weighting my head with a dead mane, unable to move my neck freely, terrified of rain, of wind, of dancing too vigorously in case I sweat into my lacquered curls. I'm sick of the Powder Room. I'm sick of pretending that some fatuous male's self-important pronouncements are the objects of my undivided attention, I'm sick of going to films and plays when someone else wants to, and sick of having no opinions of my own about either. I'm sick of being a transvestite. I refuse to be a female impersonator. I am a woman, not a castrate.

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  • تنكر, حفلة تنكريةArabic
  • mascaradaCatalan, Valencian
  • maškarádaCzech
  • mascarada, masqueradaSpanish
  • naamiaisetFinnish
  • mascaradeFrench
  • נֶשֶׁף מַסֵּכוֹת, מסיבת תחפושותHebrew
  • maskara, álarcosbálHungarian
  • դիմակահանդեսArmenian
  • samarIndonesian
  • festa in costume, mascherata, travestirsi, ballo in maschera, mascherarsi, spacciarsiItalian
  • 装う, 成りすますJapanese
  • маскира, маскарада, маскенбалMacedonian
  • mascarar, baile de máscarasPortuguese
  • маскарад, маскироваться, переодеваться, переодеться, замаскироватьсяRussian
  • maskeradSwedish

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