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Definition of masquerade noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    masquerade

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    noun
    BrE BrE//ˌmæskəˈreɪd//
     
    , also BrE//ˌmɑːskəˈreɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌmæskəˈreɪd//
     
     
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  1. 1(formal) a way of behaving that hides the truth or a person’s true feelings He was tired of the masquerade and wanted the truth to come out.
  2. 2(especially North American English) a type of party where people wear special costumes and masks over their faces, to hide their identities
  3. Word Origin late 16th cent.: from French mascarade, from Italian mascherata, from maschera ‘mask’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: masquerade

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