masque definition by Webster's New World
- a masked ball
- a form of dramatic entertainment popular among the English aristocracy during the 16th and 17th cent., usually based on a mythical or allegorical theme and featuring lavish costumes, scenery, music, dancing, etc.: originally it contained no dialogue
- a dramatic composition written for such an entertainment, usually in verse
Origin: see mask
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- masquer noun
masque definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A dramatic entertainment, usually performed by masked players representing mythological or allegorical figures, that was popular in England in the 16th and early 17th centuries.
- A dramatic verse composition written for such an entertainment.
- See masquerade.
Origin: French; see mask.