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antimasque

or an·ti·mask

[an-ti-mask, -mahsk]
noun
  1. a comic or grotesque performance, as a dance, presented before or between the acts of a masque.
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Origin of antimasque

1605–15; anti- + masque; replacing antemask; see ante-, mask
Related formsan·ti·mas·quer, an·ti·mask·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for antimasque

Historical Examples

  • Antimask, Antimasque, an′ti-mask, n. a ridiculous interlude dividing the parts of the more serious mask.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)

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British Dictionary definitions for antimasque

antimasque

noun
  1. a comic or grotesque dance, presented between the acts of a masque
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