- An assembly of persons wearing masks, and amusing themselves with dancing, conversation, or other diversions."In courtly balls and midnight masquerades." [Pope.]
- A dramatic performance by actors in masks; a mask. See 1st Mask, 4.(Obs)
- Acting or living under false pretenses; concealment of something by a false or unreal show; pretentious show; disguise."That masquerade of misrepresentation which invariably accompanied the political eloquence of Rome." [De Quincey.]
- A Spanish diversion on horseback.
Etymology: F. mascarade, fr. Sp. mascarada, or It. mascherata. See Mask