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Noun: masquerade  ,mas-ku'reyd
  1. A party of guests wearing costumes and masks
    - masquerade party, masque, mask
  2. A costume worn as a disguise at a masquerade party
    - fancy dress, masquerade costume
  3. Making a false outward show
    "a beggar's masquerade of wealth";
    - charade
Verb: masquerade  ,mas-ku'reyd
  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"

Derived forms: masqueraded, masquerades, masquerading

Type of: costume, disguise, feigning, impersonate, mask, party, personate, pose, pretence [Brit, Cdn], pretending, pretense [N. Amer], simulation

Encyclopedia: Masquerade