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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

Officials said about 1,200 masked and hooded protesters took to the streets, swarming local shops, smashing windows and even torching a McDonald’s near Austerlitz station. Fox News, "Violent Paris May Day protests leaves cars torched, McDonald's smashed; more than 100 arrested," 2 Oct. 2018 Milan Fashion Week kicked off today with a masked parade at Gucci’s Fall 2019 show. Corey Tenold, Vogue, "Corey Tenold’s Best Backstage Photos From Milan Fashion Week Fall 2019," 20 Feb. 2019 The country has seen the largest protests since 2017, when 120 people died in clashes with national guardsmen and pro-government civilians who fired on the masked demonstrators in middle-class neighborhoods. Fabiola Sanchez, The Seattle Times, "Deadly crackdown stokes fear among protesters in Venezuela," 20 Feb. 2019 Five police trucks loaded with masked and armed men dressed in civilian garb surrounded them. Christopher Sherman, Fox News, "Arbitrary arrests, abuse the new norm in Nicaragua," 10 Aug. 2018 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

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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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to mark by some ceremony or observation

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