death mask


Definition of death mask

: a cast taken from the face of a dead person

Examples of death mask in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The first involves treating the House as a sort of architectural death mask. Matthew Carey Salyer, Forbes, "The Keats-Shelley House Commemorates The Death Of Keats," 2 Mar. 2021 The death mask was originally presented at the Cabildo, then moved to Gallier Hall. Blake Pontchartrain,, "Blake Pontchartrain: How the Cabildo ended up with a Napoleon Bonaparte death mask," 26 Oct. 2020 Nathalie Weerts, deputy curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, tells RTBF that the exhibition of David’s heart includes a death mask of the former mayor, photos of the fountain during its dedication ceremony and archival documents dated to his tenure. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Renovations Reveal 19th-Century Mayor’s Heart Entombed in Belgian Fountain," 2 Sep. 2020 By the 1960s, the practice of dissolving another culture’s death masks on the off chance of finding a manuscript had been all but abandoned, as much for ethical reasons as for the lackluster results. Ariel Sabar, The Atlantic, "A Mystery at Oxford," 13 May 2020 Highlights include John Dillinger’s death mask and original gambling equipment from a Prohibition-era speakeasy, including roulette tables. Washington Post, "Soaking up history in Arkansas’ Hot Springs National Park," 7 Feb. 2020 Amalia is constantly calling out to the family’s late Tia Carmen (musician Maria Sandoval-Moreno), who stands silhouetted in a second-floor window wearing a death mask and plucking a violin. Manuel Mendoza, Dallas News, "‘American Mariachi’ tells the story of family and friendship through formation of a 1970s all-female band," 26 Mar. 2020 Among the objects available for viewing are the famous Aztec calendar sun stone and the striking jade death mask of ancient Mayan king Pakal the Great. Nadine Daher, Smithsonian Magazine, "Ten Museums You Can Virtually Visit," 20 Mar. 2020 The ancient Egyptians were known for their spectacular headwear, from double crowns worn by pharaohs to the striped nemes headcloths immortalized by Tutankhamun’s golden death mask. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Ancient Egyptian Head Cones Were Real, Grave Excavations Suggest," 11 Dec. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'death mask.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of death mask

1838, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about death mask

Time Traveler for death mask

Time Traveler

The first known use of death mask was in 1838

See more words from the same year

Statistics for death mask

Last Updated

15 Mar 2021

Cite this Entry

“Death mask.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for death mask

death mask


English Language Learners Definition of death mask

: a mask of a person's face that is created just after the person has died by pressing a substance over the face and leaving it there until it becomes hard

More from Merriam-Webster on death mask Encyclopedia article about death mask

Comments on death mask

What made you want to look up death mask? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Flower Edition

How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!