Meaning of “masquerade” in the English Dictionary

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masqueradenoun [ C ]

us /ˌmæs·kəˈreɪd/

a party or dance in which people wear masks (= coverings for the face):

There were dozens of masquerade balls, parades, street dances, and fancy dress parties.

A masquerade is also a false show or appearance:

I’m afraid we will not have a fair election but another masquerade.

masqueradeverb [ I always + adv/prep ]

us /ˌmæs·kəˈreɪd/

to pretend or appear to be:

In this business, there are a lot of unqualified people masquerading as experts.

(Definition of “masquerade” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)