[ uhn-mask, -mahsk ]
/ ʌnˈmæsk, -ˈmɑsk /

verb (used with object)

to strip a mask or disguise from.
to reveal the true character of; disclose; expose.
Military. to reveal the presence of (guns) by firing.

verb (used without object)

to put off one's mask; appear in true nature.

Origin of unmask

First recorded in 1580–90; un-2 + mask

Related forms

un·mask·er, noun

Definition for unmasked (2 of 2)


[ 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
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British Dictionary definitions for unmasked (1 of 2)


/ (mɑːskt) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for unmasked (2 of 2)


/ (ʌnˈmɑːsk) /


to remove (the mask or disguise) from (someone or oneself)
to appear or cause to appear in true character
(tr) military to make evident the presence of (weapons), either by firing or by the removal of camouflage, etc

Derived Forms

unmasker, noun
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Medicine definitions for unmasked


[ 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.
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