Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Wikipedia.


a. A costume party at which masks are worn; a masked ball. Also called masque.
b. A costume for such a party or ball.
a. A disguise or false outward show; a pretense: a masquerade of humility.
b. An involved scheme; a charade.
intr.v. mas·quer·ad·ed, mas·quer·ad·ing, mas·quer·ades
1. To wear a mask or disguise, as at a masquerade: She masqueraded as a shepherd.
2. To go about as if in disguise; have or put on a deceptive appearance: The stowaway masqueraded as a crew member.

[French mascarade, from Italian mascarata, variant of mascherata, from Old Italian maschera, mask; see mask.]

mas′quer·ad′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.masquerader - a participant in a masquerademasquerader - a participant in a masquerade  
participant - someone who takes part in an activity
References in classic literature ?
ON the morning of the fourth day, when it was just sunrise, and we had been tramping an hour in the chill dawn, I came to a resolution: the king MUST be drilled; things could not go on so, he must be taken in hand and deliberately and conscientiously drilled, or we couldn't ever venture to enter a dwelling; the very cats would know this masquerader for a hum- bug and no peasant.
It was at this moment that Raoul passed in front of the funereal masquerader, who had just happened to turn in his direction.
While the tumult was at its height, and each masquerader attentive only to his own safety (for, in fact, there was much real danger from the pressure of the excited crowd), the chain by which the chandelier ordinarily hung, and which had been drawn up on its removal, might have been seen very gradually to descend, until its hooked extremity came within three feet of the floor.
The resemblance shall be so striking, that the company of masqueraders will take you for real beasts -- and of course, they will be as much terrified as astonished.
The excitement among the masqueraders was prodigious, and filled the heart of the king with glee.
The masqueraders, by this time, had recovered, in some measure, from their alarm; and, beginning to regard the whole matter as a well-contrived pleasantry, set up a loud shout of laughter at the predicament of the apes.
He had directed, in great part, the movable embellishments of the seven chambers, upon occasion of this great fete; and it was his own guiding taste which had given character to the masqueraders.
Hyperthyroidism in the elderly is a great masquerader, and even severe, life-threatening hyperthyroidism can easily be missed in patients older than 60 years.
More-over, Scher employs another case study to explore the gradual relegation of Fancy Sailor Mas (which often includes significant amounts of Brooklynites) from popular masquerader to "living history" (p.
21) Even the definition of egwugwu in the book's glossary reveals a shifting relationship to Igbo culture: prior to the 1996 edition, the term was glossed as "a masquerader who impersonates one of the ancestral spirits of the village" (Achebe 1996, 149)--a definition that reflects "thoroughgoing disbelief," as Kortenaar notes (2003, 130).
Reese says the Norwoods were operating under the co-dependent and the masquerader scripts.
Paradoxical vocal cord motion in the recovery room: a masquerader of pulmonary dysfunction.