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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 Richard Dabate, 45, told police that a masked, camouflage-wearing man shot his wife, Connie Dabate, two days before Christmas in 2015. Rebecca Rosenberg, Fox News, 9 May 2022 This was the trade-off that had formed the basis of the masked man’s life. New York Times, 2 May 2022 Notably, there was a man in the front row, a hospital administrator, who applauded the bravery of the masked man before him. NBC News, 2 May 2022 A week later, the masked man would find his next target, Johnny Altinger, who wouldn't be as lucky as the first victim. CBS News, 23 Apr. 2022 On the latest episode of his radio show, Andy Cohen asked Lizzo point-blank about paparazzi photos of the musician holding hands with a masked man on Valentine’s Day. Christi Carrasstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 19 Apr. 2022 The masked man, in trying to keep at least six feet away from others, reluctantly backed away. John Blake, CNN, 17 Apr. 2022 The masked man then shot her in front of him, Dabate allegedly told Richardson. Taylor Hartz,, 5 Apr. 2022 While there appeared to be strict COVID-19 rules inside the classroom, both students said that there appeared to be no rules inside the small portable, where a masked staff member was present. Fox News, 28 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of masked


1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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Last Updated

19 Jun 2022

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“Masked.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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Medical Definition of masked

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


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