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English Dictionary: masquerade by the DICT Development Group
4 results for masquerade
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a party of guests wearing costumes and masks [syn: masquerade, masquerade party, masque, mask]
  2. a costume worn as a disguise at a masquerade party
    Synonym(s): fancy dress, masquerade, masquerade costume
  3. making a false outward show; "a beggar's masquerade of wealth"
  1. take part in a masquerade
  2. 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"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   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.                                                --L'Estrange.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   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
                     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;
                     That masquerade of misrepresentation which
                     invariably accompanied the political eloquence of
                     Rome.                                                --De Quincey.
      4. A Spanish diversion on horseback.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Masquerade \Mas`quer*ade"\, v. t.
      To conceal with masks; to disguise. [bd]To masquerade
      vice.[b8] --Killingbeck.
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