[[t]ˌmæs kəˈreɪd[/t]] n. v. -ad•ed, -ad•ing
1) a festive gathering of people wearing masks and costumes
2) a costume worn at such a gathering
3) false outward show; pretense
4) to represent oneself falsely
5) to disguise oneself
6) to take part in a masquerade
Etymology: 1580–90; pseudo-Sp var. of MF mascarade < Upper It mascherada; see mask,-ade I mas`quer•ad′er, n.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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