Masque definition

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A dramatic entertainment, usually performed by masked players representing mythological or allegorical figures, that was popular in England in the 1500s and early 1600s.
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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.
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(archaic) (in 16th-17th Century England & Europe) A dramatic performance, often performed at court as a royal entertainment, consisting of dancing, dialogue, pantomime and song.
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(archaic) Words and music written for a masque.
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(archaic) A shortening of the word masquerade.
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Archaic form of mask.
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A facial mask.

Mud masque; clay masque.

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Archaic form of mask.
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A dramatic verse composition written for such an entertainment.
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A dramatic composition written for such an entertainment, usually in verse.
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A masked ball.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
masque
Plural:
masques

Origin of masque

  • French mask

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from French masque.

    From Wiktionary