Definition of masquerade :
1. A dramatic performance by actors in masks; a mask. See 1st Mask, 4.
2. A Spanish diversion on horseback.
3. Acting or living under false pretenses; concealment of something by a false or unreal show; pretentious show; disguise.
4. An assembly of persons wearing masks, and amusing themselves with dancing, conversation, or other diversions.
5. To assemble in masks; to take part in a masquerade.
6. To conceal with masks; to disguise.
7. To frolic or disport in disquise; to make a pretentious show of being what one is not.
party, fancy dress, coloring, festivity, Mardi Gras, dissemblance, veil, pretext, honest, masquerade party, true, masque, entertainment, acting, carnival, sham, circus, disguisement, window-dressing, mask, face, masquerade costume, semblance, mask-ball, simulation, mummery, cloak, masked ball, act, masking, put-on, dance, false colors, veneer, gloss, color
pretend (part of speech: verb)
pretension (part of speech: noun)
forgery, pretension, imitation, front, mannerism, device, affectation, gimmick, facade, air, guise, charade, fakery, artificiality, imposture, ostentation, pretense, deceit, impersonation, fraud, falseness
- Perhaps he blamed himself as he went over again the incidents of that fatal night when he kept Ethelyn from the masquerade; but if he did, no one was the wiser for it, and so the first long day wore on, and the night fell again upon the inmates of the farmhouse. - "Ethelyn's Mistake", Mary Jane Holmes.
- There was to be a special masquerade dance, he gathered. - "The Star Lord", Boyd Ellanby.
- What masquerade is this? - "Dreamers of the Ghetto", I. Zangwill.