Definition for MAS-QUER-ADE

MAS-QUER-ADE, n. [It. mascherata. See Mask.]

  1. A nocturnal assembly of persons wearing masks, and amusing themselves with dancing, conversation and other diversions. In courtly balls and midnight masquerades. Pope.
  2. Disguise. I came to visit thee in masquerade. Dryden.
  3. A Spanish diversion on horseback. Clarendon.

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