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Meaning of MASQUERADE

Pronunciation:  `masku'reyd

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  making a false outward show; "a beggar's masquerade of wealth"
  2. [n]  a costume worn as a disguise at a masquerade party
  3. [n]  a party of guests wearing costumes and masks
  4. [v]  pretend to be someone or something that you are not; "he is masquerading as the expert on th Internet"; "This silly novel is masquerading as a serious historical treaty"
  5. [v]  take part in a masquerade
 

MASQUERADE is a 10 letter word that starts with M.

 

 Synonyms: fancy dress, mask, masque, masquerade costume
 
 See Also: costume, disguise, disguise, domino, false face, fancy-dress ball, feigning, impersonate, masked ball, masquerade ball, party, personate, pose, pretence, pretending, pretense, simulation

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \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
       diversions.
    
             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;
       disguise.
    
             That masquerade of misrepresentation which
             invariably accompanied the political eloquence of
             Rome.                                 --De Quincey.
    
    4. A Spanish diversion on horseback.
    
    
  2. \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.
    
    
  3. \Mas`quer*ade"\, v. t.
    To conceal with masks; to disguise. ``To masquerade vice.''
    --Killingbeck.
    
    
 
Dream Dictionary
 
 Definition: Dreaming that you are at a masquerade ball means that your indulgence in sinful and foolish pleasures will lead to the neglect of your business and domestic duties.
 
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