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mask

[ mask, mahsk ]
/ mæsk, mɑsk /
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noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to put on a mask; disguise oneself.

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Origin of mask

First recorded in 1525–35; from Middle French masque, perhaps directly from Italian maschera “mask, disguise,” from unattested pre-Latin maskara, an extended form of unattested mask-, probably with the original 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

OTHER WORDS FROM mask

masklike, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH mask

mask , masque, mosque
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British Dictionary definitions for mask

mask
/ (mɑːsk) /

noun

verb

Derived forms of mask

masklike, adjective

Word Origin for mask

C16: from Italian maschera, ultimately from Arabic maskharah clown, from sakhira mockery
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for mask

mask
[ măsk ]

n.

v.

To cover with a protective mask.
To cover in order to conceal, protect, or disguise.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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