English [ edit ]
Etymology [ edit ]
noun is borrowed from Middle French , mascarade , masquarade (modern masquerade French mascarade ( “ masquerade, masque; farce ” )), and its etymon Italian mascherata ( “ masquerade ” ), from maschera ( “ mask ” ) + . -ata Maschera is derived from Medieval Latin masca ( “ mask ” ): see further there. The English word is cognate with Late Latin , masquarata Portuguese , mascarada Spanish . mascarada
verb is derived from the noun.
Pronunciation [ edit ]
masquerade ( plural ) masquerades ( also attributively )
assembly or party of people wearing (usually elaborate or fanciful) masks and costumes, and amusing themselves with dancing, conversation, or other diversions.
Synonym: masque ( obsolete ) I was invited to the masquerade party at their home. 1717, Alexander Pope, “ The Rape of the Lock”, in The Works of Mr. Alexander Pope, volume I, London: [ … ] W[illiam] Bowyer, for Bernard Lintot, [ … ] , , canto I, OCLC 43265629 page 125: What guards the purity of melting Maids, / In courtly Balls and midnight Maſquerades, / Safe from the treach'rous friend, and daring ſpark, / The glance by day, the whiſper in the dark; / [...] / 'Tis but their Sylph, the wiſe Celeſtials know, / Tho' Honour is the word with Men below. The
act of wearing a mask or dressing up in a costume for, or as if for, a masquerade ball.
( figuratively ) An act of living under false pretenses; a concealment of something by a false or unreal show; a disguise, a pretence; also, a pretentious display.
1842 July, [Thomas de Quincey], “Cicero”, in , volume LII, number CCCXXI, Edinburgh; London: Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine William Blackwood & Sons, [ … ] , , OCLC 1781863 page 2, column 1: Verres in the youth of Cicero, Catiline and Clodius in his middle age, Mark Antony in his old age, have all been left to operate on the modern reader's feelings precisely through that masquerade of misrepresentation which invariably accompanied the political eloquence of Rome.
( figuratively ) An assembly of varied, often fanciful, things.
( fandom slang ) A cosplay event at which costumed attendees perform skits.
( obsolete ) A dramatic performance by actors in masks; a mask or masque. ( obsolete , rare ) A Spanish entertainment or military exercise in which squadrons of horses charge at each other, the riders fighting with bucklers and canes.
Alternative forms [ edit ]
Derived terms [ edit ]
Related terms [ edit ]
Translations [ edit ]
party or assembly of people wearing masks and costumes
act of living under false pretenses; concealment of something by a false or unreal show
— See also translations at disguise
assembly of varied, often fanciful, things
cosplay event at which costumed attendees perform skits
The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout § Translations.
Translations to be checked
See also [ edit ]
masquerade ( third-person singular simple present , masquerades present participle , masquerading simple past and past participle )
( intransitive ) To take part in a masquerade; to assemble in masks and costumes; ( loosely ) to wear a disguise.
I’m going to masquerade as the wikipede. What are you going to dress up as? 1692, Roger L’Estrange, “[The Fables of Anianus, &c.] Fab [le ] CCXXIV. An Ass in a Lyon’s Skin.”, in , London: Fables, of Æsop and Other Eminent Mythologists: [ … ] [ … ] R[ichard] Sare, [ … ] , , OCLC 228727523 page 196: There was a Freak took an Aſs in the Head, to Scoure abroad on the Ramble; and away he goes into the Woods, Maſquerading up and down in a Lyon's Skin.
( intransitive , figuratively ) To pass off as a different person or a person with qualities that one does not possess; also, to make a pretentious show of being what one is not.
He masqueraded as my friend until the truth finally came out. 2018 July 25, A. A. Dowd, “ may be the Most Breathlessly Intense Fallout Adventure Yet”, in Mission: Impossible The A.V. Club , archived from  the original on 31 July 2018: Ethan Hunt, the human missile of American intelligence that Tom Cruise has been popping back in to play for more than 20 years now, is masquerading as a mysterious terrorist, the perfectly named John Lark, to buy back some plutonium he’s lost to a cabal of doomsday extremists. ( transitive , rare ) To conceal (someone) with, or as if with, a mask; to disguise.
Derived terms [ edit ]
Translations [ edit ]
to frolic or disport in disguise
References [ edit ]
masquerade, ”, in n. and adj. , Oxford: OED Online Oxford University Press, December 2000; “ masquerade, ” in n. , Lexico Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press.
masquerade, ”, in v. , Oxford: OED Online Oxford University Press, December 2000; “ masquerade, ” in v. , Lexico Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press.
Further reading [ edit ]