masque

or mask

[ mask, mahsk ]
/ mæsk, mɑsk /

noun

a form of aristocratic entertainment in England in the 16th and 17th centuries, originally consisting of pantomime and dancing but later including dialogue and song, presented in elaborate productions given by amateur and professional actors.
a dramatic composition for such entertainment.
a masquerade; masked ball; revel.

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Origin of masque

From Middle French, dating back to 1505–15; see origin at mask
Can be confusedmask masque mosque
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masque

mask

/ (mɑːsk) /

noun

a dramatic entertainment of the 16th to 17th centuries in England, consisting of pantomime, dancing, dialogue, and song, often performed at court
the words and music written for a masque
short for masquerade

Word Origin for masque

C16: variant of mask
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