verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of mask
Synonyms for mask
Origin of masque
Examples from the Web for mask
Contemporary Examples of mask
Mailer would argue, for example, that timidity does more harm to the novelist than donning a mask of extreme self-confidence.Mailer’s Letters Pack a Punch and a Surprising Degree of Sweetness
Ronald K. Fried
December 14, 2014
In fact, what this map really showed was the fallacy of aggregates – and how statistics can mask real cultural shifts.Beer Countries vs. Wine Countries
December 7, 2014
Onion routers refers to the TOR network, a system that allows users to mask their location and communicate anonymously online.ISIS Keeps Getting Better at Dodging U.S. Spies
Shane Harris, Noah Shachtman
November 14, 2014
One gets the sense that they are wearing a mask to confuse their readers, and even to evade them.Sor Juana: Mexico’s Most Erotic Poet and Its Most Dangerous Nun
November 8, 2014
His unprocessed singing is so good, it makes one wonder why he bothers using a tool designed to mask poor vocal work.Harry Potter Raps, The Catcalls Heard ‘Round the World and More Viral Videos
November 2, 2014
Historical Examples of mask
"There's a fox's mask," said the Colonel at the bottom of the table, pointing a triangular bit out.The Magnetic North
Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
He had gained a little time by seeming to fall in with Clancy's desires, but now the mask was dropped.Owen Clancy's Happy Trail
Burt L. Standish
The host, with a sudden gesture, tore off his mask and the Burglar accelerated his pace.
The Mikado tilted his cigar up to a level with the slant eyes of his mask, and laughed.
He shrugged and turned away, and Poppy, looking round for the others, caught Clem Portal's face with the mask off for one moment.Poppy
Word Origin for mask
Word Origin for masque
1530s, from Middle French masque "covering to hide or guard the face" (16c.), from Italian maschera, from Medieval Latin masca "mask, specter, nightmare," of uncertain origin, perhaps from Arabic maskharah "buffoon, mockery," from sakhira "be mocked, ridiculed." Or via Provençal mascarar, Catalan mascarar, Old French mascurer "to black (the face)," perhaps from a Germanic source akin to English mesh (q.v.). But cf. Occitan mascara "to blacken, darken," derived from mask- "black," which is held to be from a pre-Indo-European language, and Old Occitan masco "witch," surviving in dialects; in Beziers it means "dark cloud before the rain comes." [See Walther von Wartburg, "Französisches Etymologisches Wörterbuch: Eine Darstellung galloromanischen sprachschatzes"]. Figurative use by 1570s.
1560s, "take part in a masquerade;" 1570s, "to disguise;" 1580s, "to wear a mask," from mask (n.). Figurative use by 1580s. Extended sense of "to disguise" is attested from 1847. Related: Masked; masking. Masking tape recorded from 1927; so called because it is used to block out certain surfaces before painting.
"masquerade, masked ball," 1510s, from Middle French masque; see mask (n.), with which it was originally identical. It developed a special sense of "amateur theatrical performance" (1560s) in Elizabethan times, when such entertainments (originally performed in masks) were popular among the nobility.