[maskt, mahskt]


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.

Nearby words

  1. masjid,
  2. mask,
  3. mask of pregnancy,
  4. maskalonge,
  5. maskanonge,
  6. masked ball,
  7. masked gout,
  8. masked virus,
  9. masker,
  10. maskil

Origin of masked

First recorded in 1575–85; mask + -ed3

Related formsun·masked, adjectivewell-masked, adjective


[mask, mahsk]


a covering for all or part of the face, worn to conceal one's identity.
a grotesque or humorous false face worn at a carnival, masquerade, etc.: Halloween masks.
Also called swim mask. a device consisting typically of a transparent glass or plastic panel fitted into a flexible rubber gasket that fits snugly around the eyes, over the cheeks, and usually over the nose: used by skin divers.
anything that disguises or conceals; disguise; pretense: His politeness is a mask for his fundamentally malicious personality.
a likeness of a face, as one molded on the face in plaster.Compare death mask, life mask.
a covering of wire, gauze, etc., to protect the face, as from splinters, dust, or a pitched ball.
any protective covering for the face or head.
any protective covering, as paper, cardboard, plastic, or the like, used for masking an area of something, as of a photograph or window.
the dark shading on the muzzle of certain dogs.
a representation of a face or head, generally grotesque, used as an architectural ornament or as a decorative device in weaponry, furniture, etc.
a person wearing a mask; masker.
Also masque. a cosmetic cream, gel, paste, or the like, that is applied to the face and allowed to remain for a short time before being removed and is used for tightening, cleansing, refreshing, or lubricating the skin.
a piece of cloth, silk, or plastic material covering the face of an actor to symbolize the character being represented: used in Greek and Roman drama and in some modern plays.
the face or head, as of a fox.
Electronics. a type of stencil applied to the surface of a semiconductor to permit selective etching or deposition: used in the manufacture of integrated circuits by photolithography.
Fortification. a screen, as of earth or brush, for concealing or protecting a battery or any military operation.
Also called braker. Shipbuilding. a sliding timber construction braced against the stern of a hull being launched to keep it from entering the water too rapidly.

verb (used with object)

to disguise or conceal; hide; dissemble: to mask one's intentions.
to cover or conceal with a mask.
to cover or shield a part of (a design, picture, etc.) in order to prevent reproduction or to protect the surface from the colors used, as in working with an air brush or in painting.
Fortification. to conceal (a battery or any military operation) from the enemy.
to hinder, as an army, from conducting an operation.

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 formsmask·like, adjective

Can be confusedmask masque mosque Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for masked

British Dictionary definitions for masked



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



any covering for the whole or a part of the face worn for amusement, protection, disguise, etc
a fact, action, etc, that conceals somethinghis talk was a mask for his ignorance
another name for masquerade
a likeness of a face or head, either sculpted or moulded, such as a death mask
an image of a face worn by an actor, esp in ancient Greek and Roman drama, in order to symbolize the character being portrayed
a variant spelling of masque
surgery a sterile gauze covering for the nose and mouth worn esp during operations to minimize the spread of germs
sport a protective covering for the face worn for fencing, ice hockey, etc
a carving in the form of a face or head, used as an ornament
a natural land feature or artificial object which conceals troops, etc, from view
a device placed over the nose and mouth to facilitate or prevent inhalation of a gas
photog a shield of paper, paint, etc, placed over an area of unexposed photographic surface to stop light falling on it
electronics a thin sheet of material from which a pattern has been cut, placed over a semiconductor chip so that an integrated circuit can be formed on the exposed areas
computing a bit pattern which, by convolution with a second pattern in a logical operation, can be used to isolate a specific subset of the second pattern for examination
entomol a large prehensile mouthpart (labium) of the dragonfly larva
the face or head of an animal, such as a fox, or the dark coloration of the face of some animals, such as Siamese cats and certain dogs
another word for face pack
rare a person wearing a mask


to cover with or put on a mask
(tr) to conceal; disguiseto mask an odour
(tr) photog to shield a particular area of (an unexposed photographic surface) in order to prevent or reduce the action of light there
(tr) to shield a particular area of (a surface to be painted) with masking tape
(tr) to cover (cooked food, esp meat) with a savoury sauce or glaze
a Scottish variant of mash (def. 8)
Derived Formsmasklike, adjective

Word Origin for mask

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

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Word Origin and History for masked
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Medicine definitions for masked




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.




A covering for the nose and mouth that is used for inhaling oxygen or an anesthetic.
A covering worn over the nose and mouth, as by a surgeon or dentist, to prevent infection.
A facial bandage.
Something, often a trait, that disguises or conceals.
Any of a variety of conditions producing alteration or discoloration of the skin of the face.
An expressionless appearance of the face seen in certain diseases, such as Parkinsonism.


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

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