Etymology
Advertisement

masquerade (n.)

1590s, "assembly of persons wearing masks and usually other disguises," from French mascarade or Spanish mascarada "masked party or dance," from Italian mascarata "a ball at which masks are worn," variant of mascherata "masquerade," from maschera (see mask (n.)).

Extended sense of "disguise in general, concealment or apparent change of identity by any means" is from 1660s; figurative sense of "false outward show" is from 1670s.

masquerade (v.)

1650s, "to wear a mask, to take part in a masquerade" (now archaic or obsolete), also transitive, "to cover with a mask or disguise;" from masquerade (n.). Related: Masqueraded; masquerader; masquerading.

Others are reading

Advertisement
Advertisement
Definitions of masquerade
1
masquerade (n.)
a party of guests wearing costumes and masks;
Synonyms: masquerade party / masque / mask
masquerade (n.)
a costume worn as a disguise at a masquerade party;
Synonyms: fancy dress / masquerade costume
masquerade (n.)
making a false outward show;
a beggar's masquerade of wealth
Synonyms: charade
2
masquerade (v.)
take part in a masquerade;
masquerade (v.)
pretend to be someone or something that you are not;
From wordnet.princeton.edu