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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 ?
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.
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.
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.
Since uveitis and ARN are usually diagnosed based only on clinical manifestations, one should always keep in mind that PVRL is a potential masquerader, and when treatments are less effective than expected, efforts should be made in pursuit of evidences of PVRL in both the eyes and the CNS.
THERE was outrage on Friday following the killing of a masquerader by a hit-and-run driver on Nwanniba Road, in the Use-Offot axis of Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.
COMMENT PE has clearly unseated syphilis as "The Great Masquerader.
A bull masquerader also generally wears a burlap or vegetal costume, along with a mask and a headpiece with horns.
The masquerader chapter in The Blithedale Romance is accordingly followed by a funeral, Zenobia's, perhaps indicative of Hawthorne's Americanization of the British masque tradition.