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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 In Paris, small groups of masked activists smashed store windows, set fires, and hurled flares on the sidelines of a march that was otherwise peaceful., "Paris police arrest scores amid strike over retirement changes - The Boston Globe," 6 Dec. 2019 Small groups of masked activists smashed store windows, set fires and hurled flares on the sidelines of the otherwise peaceful Paris march, prompting volleys of tear gas from police in body armor. Time, "Mass Strikes in France Shut Eiffel Tower and Sparks Clashes," 5 Dec. 2019 Krampus then leads an hour-long procession of masked performers, drummers and dancers around the bars and restaurants on H Street at 7:15, before returning to the gallery for an after-party featuring fire-eaters, magicians and other entertainers. Washington Post, "16 things to do in the D.C. area this weekend," 5 Dec. 2019 The home’s occupant, who police did not identify, retrieved an airsoft pistol, then the masked individual with the handgun fired multiple rounds into the residence before he, Frazier and the other masked individual fled the scene, Andersen said. S. Wayne Carter Jr.,, "Edgewood man charged with attempted murder, 2 others at-large after shooting incident in Joppa," 5 Dec. 2019 For such a major character in the series, Kylo remains somewhat mysterious, masked or not. Lauren Morgan,, "Everything you need to know about Kylo Ren ahead of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker," 2 Dec. 2019 Released at the end of 2010 via a trifecta of powerhouse labels -- Virgin Records, Ultra Records and his own Mau5trap -- 4x4=12 is a demonstration of the masked producer’s seemingly boundless range. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 40 Greatest Dance Albums of the Decade: Staff List," 26 Nov. 2019 Several clues point to Indiana Pacers star Victor Oladipo being the masked crooner. Akeem Glaspie, Indianapolis Star, "10 things to know about possible Masked Singer Victor Oladipo," 13 Nov. 2019 In the hours after the attack, masked militants of Islamic Jihad surrounded the two-story building where Mr. Abu al-Ata and his wife were killed. New York Times, "Israel Kills Senior Islamic Jihad Commander in Gaza," 12 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of masked

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 Dec 2019

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“Masked.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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