noun, verb, -ad·ed, -ad·ing.
a party, dance, or other festive gathering of persons wearingmasks and other disguises, and often elegant, historical, orfantastic costumes.
a costume or disguise worn at such a gathering.
activity, existence, etc., under false pretenses: a rich man'smasquerade as a beggar.
–verb (used without object)
to go about under false pretenses or a false character;assume the character of; give oneself out to be: tomasquerade as a former Russian count.
to disguise oneself.
to take part in a masquerade.