Definition of masquerade:
- A dramatic performance by actors in masks; a mask. See 1st Mask, 4.
- A Spanish diversion on horseback.
- Acting or living under false pretenses; concealment of something by a false or unreal show; pretentious show; disguise.
- An assembly of persons wearing masks, and amusing themselves with dancing, conversation, or other diversions.
- To assemble in masks; to take part in a masquerade.
- To conceal with masks; to disguise.
- 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)
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.
- "The Star Lord", Boyd Ellanby.
- "Dreamers of the Ghetto", I. Zangwill.