mask

[ mask, mahsk ]
/ mæsk, mɑsk /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to put on a mask; disguise oneself.

Origin of mask

1525–35; < Middle French masque, perhaps directly < Italian maschera mask, disguise < pre-Latin *maskara, an extended form of *mask-, probably with orig. sense “black” (blackening the face being a simple form of disguise); another development of the same base is early Medieval Latin masca witch, ghost (also, mask); see mascot

Related forms

mask·like, adjective

Can be confused

mask masque mosque

Definition for mask (2 of 2)

masque

or mask

[ mask, mahsk ]
/ mæsk, mɑsk /

noun

a form of aristocratic entertainment in England in the 16th and 17th centuries, originally consisting of pantomime and dancing but later including dialogue and song, presented in elaborate productions given by amateur and professional actors.
a dramatic composition for such entertainment.
a masquerade; masked ball; revel.

Origin of masque

From Middle French, dating back to 1505–15; see origin at mask

Can be confused

mask masque mosque
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British Dictionary definitions for mask (1 of 2)

mask

/ (mɑːsk) /

noun

verb

Derived Forms

masklike, adjective

Word Origin for mask

C16: from Italian maschera, ultimately from Arabic maskharah clown, from sakhira mockery

British Dictionary definitions for mask (2 of 2)

masque

mask

/ (mɑːsk) /

noun

a dramatic entertainment of the 16th to 17th centuries in England, consisting of pantomime, dancing, dialogue, and song, often performed at court
the words and music written for a masque
short for masquerade

Word Origin for masque

C16: variant of mask
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Medicine definitions for mask

mask

[ măsk ]

n.

v.

To cover with a protective mask.
To cover in order to conceal, protect, or disguise.
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