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: wearing a mask
masked doctors
The bank robbers were masked.
: marked by the use of masks
attended a masked ball
: failing to present or produce the usual symptoms : latent
a masked infection
a masked virus


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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
The group is confronted by a man in a masked costume named Ezekiel Sims (Tahar Rahim), who also has the ability to see the future on top of powers fans of the Spider-Man movies will recognize. Tommy McArdle, Peoplemag, 14 Feb. 2024 According to the affidavit, Fuentes, Turcios and two other masked men were captured on surveillance video abandoning the Ford Explorer about a mile from the scene of the shooting. Salvador Rizzo, Washington Post, 10 Feb. 2024 This was the moment the masked man had been waiting for. Molly Langmuir, Rolling Stone, 2 Feb. 2024 Later, masked men kidnapped Samuel from his hospital room, hanged him and shot him again, according to newspaper reports at the time. Rachel Hatzipanagos, Washington Post, 29 Jan. 2024 In 2003, the label quietly released the debut album by the Network, a masked band making throwback new wave and synth rock reminiscent of Devo and Gary Numan. Al Shipley, SPIN, 17 Jan. 2024 According to Hassan and local media reports, the masked settlers were firing mostly pistols and one M16, a popular military rifle. Shakked Auerbach, Washington Post, 9 Jan. 2024 In July 1999, Mr. Glock went to Luxembourg for a meeting with Mr. Ewert and was attacked in a garage by a masked man wielding a hard rubber mallet. Robert D. McFadden, New York Times, 27 Dec. 2023 During a business meeting in Luxembourg, a masked man with a rubber mallet attacked Glock in a garage. Jay Caruso, Washington Examiner, 28 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of masked was in 1599

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Cite this Entry

“Masked.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: marked by the use of masks
a masked ball

Medical Definition


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