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masqueradenoun [C or U]

uk   /ˌmæs.kərˈeɪd/  us   /ˌmæs.kəˈreɪd/
behaviour that is ​intended to ​prevent the ​truth about something ​unpleasant or not ​wanted from ​becomingknown: They ​kept up the masquerade of being ​happilymarried for over 30 ​years.
(Definition of masquerade from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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masqueradenoun [C]

 us   /ˌmæs·kəˈreɪd/
a ​party or ​dance in which ​peoplewearmasks (= coverings for the ​face): There were dozens of masquerade ​balls, ​parades, ​streetdances, and ​fancydressparties.
A masquerade is also a ​false show or ​appearance: I’m ​afraid we will not have a ​fairelection 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 ​unqualifiedpeople masquerading as ​experts.
(Definition of masquerade from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “masquerade”
in Spanish mascarada, farsa…
in Vietnamese trò giả dối…
in Malaysian sandiwara…
in Thai การเสแสร้ง…
in French mascarade…
in German die Verstellung…
in Chinese (Simplified) 伪装, 掩饰…
in Indonesian samaran…
in Chinese (Traditional) 偽裝, 掩飾…
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