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[mas-kuh-reyd] /ˌmæs kəˈreɪd/
a party, dance, or other festive gathering of persons wearing masks and other disguises, and often elegant, historical, or fantastic costumes.
a costume or disguise worn at such a gathering.
false outward show; façade; pretense:
a hypocrite's masquerade of virtue.
activity, existence, etc., under false pretenses:
a rich man's masquerade as a beggar.
verb (used without object), masqueraded, masquerading.
to go about under false pretenses or a false character; assume the character of; give oneself out to be:
to masquerade as a former Russian count.
to disguise oneself.
to take part in a masquerade.
Origin of masquerade
1580-90; earlier masquerada, mascarado, pseudo-Spanish forms of Middle French mascarade < Upper Italian mascherada; see mask, -ade1
Related forms
masquerader, noun
1. mummery. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for masquerading
  • It is a predatory industry with far-reaching consequences that can't be quantified in a silly study masquerading as science.
  • Foods masquerading as something else a more nutritious something else have been big news in each of the past two years.
  • Then, masquerading as these friends, they sent e-mails to the targets with compromised links.
  • They're generalizations masquerading as personalizations.
  • They provide no science or links to blogs, pundits or pseudo-science journals masquerading as actual peer reviewed work.
  • It's emotional exploitation masquerading as human drama.
  • Austerity is a political ideology masquerading as an economic policy.
British Dictionary definitions for masquerading


a party or other gathering to which the guests wear masks and costumes
the disguise worn at such a function
a pretence or disguise
verb (intransitive)
to participate in a masquerade; disguise oneself
to dissemble
Derived Forms
masquerader, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Spanish mascarada, from mascaramask
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Word Origin and History for masquerading



1590s, "assembly of people wearing masks and disguises," from French mascarade or Spanish mascarada "masked party or dance," from Italian mascarata "a ball at which masks are worn," variant of mascherata "masquerade," from maschera (see mask (n.)). Figurative sense of "false outward show" is from 1670s.


1650s, from masquerade (n.). Related: Masqueraded; masquerading.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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masquerading in Technology

1. "NAT" (Linux kernel name).
2. Hiding the names of internal e-mail client and gateway machines from the outside world by rewriting the "From" address and other headers as the message leaves the organisation.
This is good practise because external users do not need to know about internal changes in message routing. The external mail gateway needs to know how to route incoming replies back to the original sender.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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