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Definition of masked

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : wearing a mask masked doctors The bank robbers were masked.
b : marked by the use of masks attended a masked ball
2 : failing to present or produce the usual symptoms : latent a masked infection a masked virus


Definition of masked (Entry 2 of 2)

past tense of mask entry 2

Examples of masked in a Sentence

Adjective The bank was held up by masked robbers.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Even amid coronavirus surges, the mask wars were raging in Orange County and my husband was too high-risk for any of us to go out much, even fully masked and socially distant. Los Angeles Times, "Will anyone pay $75 to visit Disney California Adventure with no rides open? You bet," 26 Feb. 2021 Mayor de Blasio greeted masked students and teachers with forearm bumps at Richard R. Green Middle School in The Bronx on Thursday morning. Eric Levenson, CNN, "New York City middle schools reopen for in-person classes as Covid-19 surge fades," 25 Feb. 2021 These rounds will feature new masked celebrities introduced during the run of show. Lauren Huff,, "Big changes coming to The Masked Singer season 5 with new wildcard rounds," 23 Feb. 2021 Also, when the district does return to traditional instruction, masked students in some cases will be seated at desks that are less than three feet apart. John Benson, cleveland, "Parma City Schools superintendent talks virtual State of the Schools and upcoming parent all-in survey," 19 Feb. 2021 On top of everything else, the plumbers and customers stay masked to protect themselves and others from COVID-19. Dallas News, "Got burst pipes? These are the plumbers working to get Texas water flowing again," 19 Feb. 2021 Barbers and clients are masked and social distanced. Carrie Napoleon,, "This Gary barbershop is still cutting hair, but the pandemic has hampered its role as a neighborhood gathering site," 19 Feb. 2021 The guidelines call for the masked priest to deliver the prayer just once during the ritual and sprinkle ashes on the head of the faithful, to ensure maximum social distancing. Nicole Winfield, Star Tribune, "Pope celebrates pandemic-aware Ash Wednesday at Vatican," 17 Feb. 2021 Less than two months later, on June 29 of that year, Ngo was beaten by a group of masked individuals during a large right-wing rally and counter-protest in downtown Portland. oregonlive, "How Portland’s Andy Ngo turned his war with ‘antifa’ into a dubious, best-selling book," 13 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of masked


1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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3 Mar 2021

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“Masked.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of masked

: wearing a mask
: done by or involving people who wear masks



Medical Definition of masked

: failing to present or produce the usual symptoms : not obvious : latent masked depression a masked virus

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