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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.


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