- a person who wears a mask or disguise for fun; specif., in England, any of the masked and costumed persons who travel about, as at Christmastime, acting out traditional pantomimes
- Slang an actor in the theater: a derogatory term
Origin of mummerMiddle French momeur from Old French momer: see mum
- A masked or costumed merrymaker, especially at a festival.
- a. One who acts or plays in a pantomime.b. An actor.
Origin of mummerMiddle English from Old French momeur from momer to wear a mask, pantomime
New Year's Day Mummers Parade
From Old French momeur, from momer: "to wear a mask."