(Mas"o*rite) n. One of the writers of the Masora.
(Masque) n. A mask; a masquerade.
(Mas`quer*ade") n. [F. mascarade, fr. Sp. mascarada, or It. mascherata. See Mask.]
1. An assembly of persons wearing masks, and amusing themselves with dancing, conversation, or
In courtly balls and midnight masquerades.Pope.
2. A dramatic performance by actors in masks; a mask. See 1st Mask, 4. [Obs.]
3. Acting or living under false pretenses; concealment of something by a false or unreal show; pretentious
That masquerade of misrepresentation which invariably accompanied the political eloquence of Rome.De Quincey.
4. A Spanish diversion on horseback.
(Mas`quer*ade"), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Masqueraded; p. pr. & vb. n. Masquerading.]
1. To assemble in masks; to take part in a masquerade.
2. To frolic or disport in disquise; to make a pretentious show of being what one is not.
A freak took an ass in the head, and he goes into the woods, masquerading up and down in a lion's
(Mas`quer*ade"), v. t. To conceal with masks; to disguise. "To masquerade vice." Killingbeck.
(Mas`quer*ad"er) n. One who masquerades; a person wearing a mask; one disguised.
(Mass) n. [OE. masse, messe, AS. mæsse. LL. missa, from L. mittere, missum, to send, dismiss: cf.
F. messe. In the ancient churches, the public services at which the catechumens were permitted to be
present were called missa catechumenorum, ending with the reading of the Gospel. Then they were
dismissed with these words : "Ite, missa est" [sc. ecclesia], the congregation is dismissed. After that
the sacrifice proper began. At its close the same words were said to those who remained. So the word
gave the name of Mass to the sacrifice in the Catholic Church. See Missile, and cf. Christmas, Lammas,
Mess a dish, Missal.]
1. (R. C. Ch.) The sacrifice in the sacrament of the Eucharist, or the consecration and oblation of the