masquerademas‧que‧rade1 /ˌmæskəˈreɪd/ noun 🔊 🔊 1[countable]DLDCC a formaldance or party where people wear masks and unusual clothes2[countable, uncountable]HIDE/NOT SHOW a way of behaving or speaking that hides your true thoughts or feelings syn pretence 🔊 She didn’t really love him, but she kept up the masquerade for the children’s sake.
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masquerade• Time trapped one in a masquerade with costumes of its own choice.• a masqueradeball• Dressing up, role playing and masquerade form the conceptualbasis of Kahlo's work.• And this can not be achieved by enacting and responding to any general masquerade of fixed roles.• Am I not your mistress in masquerade ... Trader?• Most attempts of this sort were charades, performances in masquerade.• Similarly, the puerilemasquerade of seventies non-swearing was worth watching because it was deliciously nonsensical.masquerademasquerade2 verb [intransitive] 🔊 🔊 PRETENDto pretend to be something or someone differentmasquerade as 🔊 A number of police officers masqueraded as demonstrators. 🔊 Some of these breakfast foods are just candy masquerading as cereals.masquerade under 🔊 He was masquerading under a false name.→ See Verb table