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Definition of the noun masquerade

What does masquerade mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: masquerades

  1. a party of guests wearing costumes and masks
  2. a costume worn as a disguise at a masquerade party
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of masquerade: fancy dress / masquerade costume
    • more generic words: costume = the attire worn in a play or at a fancy dress ball; disguise = any attire that modifies the appearance in order to conceal the wearer's identity
    • parts:
      • domino = a loose hooded cloak worn with a half mask as part of a masquerade costume
      • false face = a mask worn as part of a masquerade costume
  3. making a false outward show

Alternative definition of the noun masquerade


  1. A party or assembly of people wearing masks, and amusing themselves with dancing, conversation, or other diversions.
  2. [obsolete] A dramatic performance by actors in masks; a mask. See “mask”
  3. Acting or living under false pretenses; concealment of something by a false or unreal show; pretentious show; disguise.
  4. A Spanish diversion on horseback.

Definition of the verb masquerade

What does masquerade mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: masqueraded | masquerading | masquerades

  1. take part in a masquerade
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • more generic words: disguise / mask = make unrecognizable
  2. pretend to be someone or something that you are not

Alternative definition of the verb masquerade


  1. [intransitive] To assemble in masks; to take part in a masquerade.
  2. [intransitive] To frolic or disport in disguise; to make a pretentious show of being what one is not.
  3. [transitive] To conceal with masks; to disguise.


The Masquerade is a mid-sized concert venue located in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. It comprises the interior and exterior grounds of a former excelsior mill on North Avenue in the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood. The venue has both indoor and outdoor concert space, and the live music mostly consists of alternative music styles, such as Indie rock, Metal, Punk Rock, Rockabilly, and Electronic. The Masquerade's three principal interior stages are named after the destinations of the afterlife: Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell.

  • also known as Dupre Excelsior Mill, Du Pree Manufacturing Company Excelsior Factory, Standard Excelsior Works, The Masq, The Masquerade
  • part of Atlanta, Georgia


Who is Masquerade?

Masquerade are a Swedish rock band established in Autumn 1988. They released their debut album in 1992 and have since released four further albums.


Masquerade a.k.a. The Masquerade Theatre is a professional musical theatre company based in Houston, Texas and performing year-round in the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.


  1. "Masquerade" a.k.a. "Maskarade" is an opera in three acts by Carl Nielsen to a Danish libretto by Vilhelm Andersen, based on the comedy by Ludvig Holberg. It was first performed in 1906.
  2. "Masquerade": The Incidental music to Masquerade was written in 1941 by Aram Khachaturian for a production of a play of the same name by Russian poet and playwright Mikhail Lermontov. It premiered on 21 June 1941 in the Vakhtangov Theatre in Moscow. The music is better known in the form of a five-movement suite.
    • also known as Masquerade Suite
  3. "Masquerade" is the ninth album by German band Running Wild. It is the first in a trilogy of a theme of good versus evil, continued with The Rivalry and concluded with Victory. The album has sold over 130,000 worldwide and is the worst selling Running Wild album of all time.
  4. "Masquerade" is the first studio album from Swedish singer Eric Saade. It was first released on 19 May 2010 in Sweden.
  5. "Masquerade" is the third studio album released by American hip hop musician Wyclef Jean. The album was released on July 18, 2002. The album was one of the first albums released by Columbia Records that is unable to play on a PC or Mac. The album features the singles "Two Wrongs", "Pussycat" and "Knockin' On Heaven's Door". Tom Jones makes a guest appearance on the album, singing his rendition of "Pussycat".
  6. "masquerade" is a composition.
  7. "Masquerade" 은 2인조 힙합그룹 TBNY의 첫 번째 정규 음반이다. 2006년 4월 11일에 발매되었다.
    • released on (8 years ago)
  8. "Masquerade" is the second single by Kaya released on September 6th, 2006. The single peaked at 13th on the Oricon Indies charts during the first week of its release.
  9. "Masquerade": “Masquerade” è una canzone del musical “The Phantom of the Opera" di Andrew Lloyd Webber.
  10. "Masquerade" è l'undicesimo album in studio dei Rondò Veneziano pubblicato il 31 ottobre 1989 dalla Baby Records-Cleo Music AG.
    • released on (25 years ago)
  11. "Masquerade" is the sixth Japanese single by the South Korean boy band 2PM. It was released in November 14, 2012 in three different editions. The original release day of the single was on August 29, but it was postponed to November 14 due to Nichkhun's car accident controversy.
    • released on
  12. "Masquerade" is a musical single of Gerideau.
    • released on (16 years ago)
  13. "Masquerade" is the fourth studio album by the artist The Legendary Tigerman. It was released in 2006.
  14. "Masquerade" is the 1998 single album by The Fall.
    • released on (16 years ago)
  15. "Masquerade" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  16. "Masquerade" is a 2012 single by 2PM.
    • also known as Masquerade / Forever
    • released on
  17. "Masquerade" is a musical album of ULC Quintet.
  18. "Masquerade" is a musical EP of Xipeha & Xiphea.
    • released on


  1. "Masquerade" is a children’s book, written and illustrated by Kit Williams, which sparked a treasure hunt by concealing clues to the location of a jeweled golden hare, created and hidden somewhere in Britain by Williams. It became the inspiration for a genre of books known today as armchair treasure hunts.
    • genre: Children's literature
  2. "Masquerade" is a verse play written in 1835 by the Russian Romantic writer Mikhail Lermontov. The four-act play, set in 1830's St. Petersburg aristocratic society, highlights the rebellious spirit and noble mind of the protagonist, Yevgeny Arbenin. It is often compared with Shakespeare's Othello in its essential story line.
  3. "Masquerade" is a book by Walter Satterthwait.
    • also known as Maskeraden
    • genre: Fiction
    • subjects: Detective, Murder
    • released in (17 years ago)


  1. "Masquerade" is a 2012 South Korean historical film starring Lee Byung-hun in dual roles as the bizarre King Gwanghae and the humble acrobat Ha-sun, who stands in for the monarch when he faces the threat of being poisoned.
  2. "Masquerade" is a 1988 American romance mystery thriller film directed by Bob Swaim and starring Rob Lowe, Meg Tilly, Kim Cattrall, and Doug Savant. Written by Dick Wolf, the film is about a recently orphaned millionairess who falls in love with a young yacht racing captain who isn't completely truthful with her about his past. The film was nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Motion Picture in 1989.
  3. "Masquerade" a.k.a. "Escapade" is a 1935 film directed by Robert Z. Leonard.
  4. "Masquerade" is a 1965 British comedy thriller film directed by Basil Dearden based on the 1954 novel Castle Minerva by Victor Canning. It stars Cliff Robertson and Jack Hawkinsand was filmed in Spain.
  5. "Masquerade" is a 2012 short thriller film written by Andrew Paul Davis and directed by Jose Ordoñez.
  6. Masquerade is an American espionage television series that aired for a few months on ABC in the spring of 1983.
  7. "Masquerade" is a 2013 drama film written and directed by Gii Ness-Chang.
  8. "Masquerade" is a film, directed by Andrew Lawrence.
  9. "Masquerade" is a film, directed by Afton Nills.


Masquerade - the performance group is a Chennai based English theatre group. It is one of the few theatre groups in Chennai that survive without financial sponsorship or funding, backed by public faith and smaller donorships.

Phrases with Masquerade

  1. masquerade ball
  2. masquerade party
  3. masquerade costume

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Masquerade

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Google previewThe Starr Report Disrobed (2000)

by Fedwa Malti-Douglas

Masquerade is a pivotal component of The Starr Report, which masquerades first as one thing and then as another.

Google previewThe New Universities Dictionary ... (1922)

by George Jotham Hagaqr

a masquerade. masquerade (mas-kér'-id), n. a ball or festive ...

Google previewNew Websterian 1912 Dictionary (1912)

Based Upon the Unabridged Dictionary of Noah Webster : with a Reference Library and Treasury of Facts by Noah Webster, Harry Thurston Peck

a masquerade. masquerade (mas-ker-adO, n. a ball or ...

Google previewLinux Dictionary

by Binh Nguyen

html IP Masquerade A networking function in Linux similar to one−to−many NAT (Network Address Translation) found in many commercial firewalls and network routers. IP Masquerade ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Film Studies (2012)

by Annette Kuhn, Guy Westwell

The anti-essentialist view of *gender as performance that underlies thinking on the masquerade carries the seeds of the thinking on the fluidity of identity that underpins *poststructuralism in film theory and its legacy in such areas as *queer ...

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Quotes about Masquerade

And, after all, what is a lie? 'Tis but the truth in a masquerade. (Byron)
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Scrabble value of M3A1S1Q10U1E1R1A1D2E1

The value of this 10-letter word is 22 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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