[ maskt, mahskt ]
/ mæskt, mɑskt /


using or wearing a mask or masks: a masked burglar; masked actors.
disguised; concealed; hidden: masked treachery; masked forces.
Zoology. having markings that resemble a mask.

Origin of masked

First recorded in 1575–85; mask + -ed3

Related forms

un·masked, adjectivewell-masked, adjective

Definition for masked (2 of 2)


[ mask, mahsk ]
/ mæsk, mɑsk /


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for masked (1 of 2)


/ (mɑːskt) /


disguised or covered by or as if by a mask
botany another word for personate 2

British Dictionary definitions for masked (2 of 2)


/ (mɑːsk) /



Derived Forms

masklike, adjective

Word Origin for mask

C16: from Italian maschera, ultimately from Arabic maskharah clown, from sakhira mockery
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Medicine definitions for masked (1 of 2)


[ măskt ]


Latent or hidden, as a symptom or disease.
Having masklike markings on the head or face.
Having the anatomy of the next developmental form outlined beneath the integument, as in certain insect pupae.

Medicine definitions for masked (2 of 2)


[ măsk ]



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