I. noun Etymology: Middle French, from Old Italian dialect mascarada, from Old Italian maschera mask Date: 1587 1. a. a social gathering of persons wearing masks and often fantastic costumes b. a costume for wear at such a gathering 2. an action or appearance that is mere disguise or show II. intransitive verb (-aded; -ading) Date: 1677 1. a. to disguise oneself; also to go about disguised b. to take part in a masquerade 2. to assume the appearance of something one is not • masquerader noun

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