mask

[ mask, mahsk ]
/ mæsk, mɑsk /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to put on a mask; disguise oneself.

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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

OTHER WORDS FROM mask

mask·like, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH mask

mask masque mosque
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British Dictionary definitions for masklike

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
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Medical definitions for masklike

mask
[ măsk ]

n.

v.

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