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.

1580–90; earlier masquerada, mascarado, pseudo-Spanish forms of Middle French mascarade < Upper Italian mascherada; see mask, -ade1

masquerader, noun

1. mummery. Unabridged
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masquerade (ˌmæskəˈreɪd)
1.  a party or other gathering to which the guests wear masks and costumes
2.  the disguise worn at such a function
3.  a pretence or disguise
4.  to participate in a masquerade; disguise oneself
5.  to dissemble
[C16: from Spanish mascarada, from mascaramask]

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Word Origin & History

1590s, from Fr. mascarade or Sp. mascarada "masked party or dance," from It. mascarata "a ball at which masks are worn," var. of mascherata "masquerade," from maschera (see mask). Figurative sense of "false outward show" is from 1670s. The verb is attested from 1690s. Related: Masquerading.
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Computing Dictionary

masquerading definition

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.

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Example sentences
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.
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