\ ˈmaskt How to pronounce masked (audio) \

Definition of masked

1 : marked by the use of masks a masked ball
2 : failing to present or produce the usual symptoms : latent a masked infection a masked virus

Examples of masked in a Sentence

The bank was held up by masked robbers.

Recent Examples on the Web

Rouzek's militia became notorious for kidnappings and street killings, with one online video showing its masked members shooting a kneeling, blindfolded man. Maggie Michael, Fox News, "'Unite with the devil': Yemen war binds US, allies, al-Qaida," 7 Aug. 2018 But weeks before those forces' entry, a string of pickup trucks mounted with machine guns and loaded with masked al-Qaida militants drove out of al-Said unmolested, according to a tribal mediator involved in the deal for their withdrawal. Maggie Michael, Fox News, "'Unite with the devil': Yemen war binds US, allies, al-Qaida," 7 Aug. 2018 Then, a panel of celebrities try to guess who the masked singers are based on clues. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Fans Are Dying Over This Accidental "Riverdale" and "The Masked Singer" Crossover," 17 Jan. 2019 Here and there, clues are dropped about each masked contestant. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Get All 'The Masked Singer' Spoilers You Could Ever Want," 10 Jan. 2019 She was taken into an interrogation room where there was a female police officer, a masked paramilitary and a civilian. Christopher Sherman, Fox News, "Arbitrary arrests, abuse the new norm in Nicaragua," 10 Aug. 2018 His YouTube channel has accumulated more than 6 million views, including videos purporting to show him fighting migrants in Italy and being attacked by masked men outside a McDonald's restaurant in London. Danica Kirka, Fox News, "Steve Bannon weighs in on UK burqa debate, Boris Johnson," 12 Aug. 2018 Pentagon is also Lucha Underground’s champion, and the masked warrior continues to win over fans with a style that is far gorier than what is prevalent in WWE. Justin Barrasso,, "The Week in Wrestling: When Will WWE’s Female Wrestlers Be Allowed to Perform in Saudi Arabia?," 25 Apr. 2018 Ulfr shot himself in the foot and called authorities claiming he was shot while confronting a masked woman wearing a hoodie. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Man hid in closet before allegedly killing ex-roommate who wouldn't date him, records say," 21 July 2018

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First Known Use of masked

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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