\ˈmaskt \

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

Authorities are searching for two masked gunmen who assaulted adult entertainment store employees multiple times, the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Monday. Raisa Habersham, ajc, "Masked men assault adult entertainment store employees, cops say," 9 July 2018 Western countries and human rights groups have denounced Duterte for an anti-drug campaign that has included more than 2,000 extrajudicial killings by masked gunmen on motorcycles and others. CBS News, "Philippines is latest foreign customer to book Trump's D.C. hotel," 28 Apr. 2018 The shooting rattled the working-class neighborhood in Antioch, where a masked gunman opened fire at a church last year, killing a woman and wounding several other people. The Washington Post,, "Travis Reinking, Nashville Waffle House shooting suspect, still at large," 23 Apr. 2018 In the Season 1 finale, a masked gunman shot Fred at Pop's. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Riverdale Season 2 Episode 1 Reveals Fred's Fate," 12 Oct. 2017 Along with the usual beverages, teams of the masked animals wander, scamper and stare about, in exchange for room and board. Dasl Yoon, WSJ, "That Raccoon Rooting Through Your Trash Could Be a Big Star in Seoul," 7 Nov. 2018 Police said a masked suspect displayed a black handgun and demanded cash at M&M Convenience Store, located at 4 Main St., shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday. Danny Mcdonald,, "Somerville police investigate armed robbery of convenience store," 5 July 2018 Houston police are searching for three masked suspects wanted in related armed robberies in the Memorial area. Houston Chronicle, "Memorial Villages Police Department report," 9 Apr. 2018 While one held him at gunpoint, the second, armed with an assault-style rifle, went upstairs to rob the place but Joe Copeland fired 20 rounds at the masked intruder. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "7 charged in heroin wholesaling indictment headed by alleged Milwaukee ringleader 'Joe Millionaire'," 3 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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