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



    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 Originlate 16th cent.: from French mascarade, from Italian mascherata, from maschera ‘mask’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: masquerade

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