death mask

noun

Definition of death mask 

: a cast taken from the face of a dead person

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From the macabre details (teddy bears, death masks, rosary chokers) to the streetwear-ready ensembles (dirty sneakers and glamorous overcoats), each of the looks was on theme. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "9 References to Death in Gucci’s Cruise Show," 31 May 2018 In the meantime, please enjoy an equally everyday-wearable beauty look that went down the Gucci Cruise runway: a death mask made with pantyhose and gem eyes. Marci Robin, Allure, "Gucci Cruise Sent Elizabethan Hair Down the Runway — With a Literal Twist," 31 May 2018 Campo himself planned to ride from the U.S. Port of Entry into Columbus with the Cabalgata Binacional Villista, the Binational Pancho Villa Parade, and present an aluminum replica of his grandfather’s death mask to Columbus officials. Algernon D'ammassa, USA TODAY, "Pancho Villa returns to New Mexico. School principal disarms him.," 9 Mar. 2018 The former may have been based on a death mask of its eponymous Florentine politician, but no livelier material object exists. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "“Like Life” Shows Seven Hundred Years of the Body," 24 Mar. 2018 The same can't be said of the death masks attached to similarly consecrated bodies from just a couple hundred years earlier, discovered in the same region. Dmitry Samarov, Chicago Reader, "Egyptian death-mask portraits bring their subjects back to life after 2,000 years," 23 Jan. 2018

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1838, in the meaning defined above

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death mask

noun

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

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