Origin of masked
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of mask
Synonyms for mask
Examples from the Web for masked
Contemporary Examples of masked
Another picture showed him surrounded by a dozen or so fighters—some masked and others laughing.Did ISIS Shoot Down a Fighter Jet?
Jamie Dettmer, Christopher Dickey
December 24, 2014
In the Jockey ad, half of Jim Palmer's princely, brooding face is fully lighted, the other half is masked in shadow.Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up
September 27, 2014
He could imagine himself an Islamist avenger like that masked monster in black who appears in the ISIS snuff videos.The Muslim Convert Behind America’s First Workplace Beheading
September 27, 2014
Of most interest are the English-speaking narrator and a masked American-accented combatant featured in the film.How ISIS Ripped Off ‘Natural Born Killers'
September 23, 2014
A masked man in black gives a statement, but this is in English and brief.From ISIS Videos to JLaw Nudes, When Is Looking Abetting Evil?
September 3, 2014
Historical Examples of masked
Of course the gondolier knew where Marcolina was; but why was he, too, masked?Casanova's Homecoming
And I, the questioner, masked and robed so that my own brother could not have known me!
No more brilliant spectacle than this masked ball could be imagined.
It seemed to be nearer than it was when the attack of the masked men came.
Instantly Tom thought of the other occasion when he was halted by masked figures.
Word Origin for mask
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.
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.