\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

On stage recently at Exchange, Escajeda is a masked dance floor superhero. Liz Ohanesian, Los Angeles Magazine, "A Masked Musician From Boyle Heights Is Using Technology to Build Community," 13 Apr. 2018 Ogah had been begging for spare change outside the Carrefour market in a Roman neighborhood when a masked thief, armed with a meat cleaver, tried to make off with 400 euros ($493) stolen from cashiers, according to Italian news reports. Roman Catholic, Fox News, "Pope Francis in Easter Vigil baptizes 8, including beggar turned hero," 1 Apr. 2018 The White Caps were a band of hooded or masked night riders that used whips, guns and rope on their victims. Indystar, Indianapolis Star, "Retro Indy: KKK in Indiana and their leader D.C. Stephenson," 20 Feb. 2014 This '90s slasher, which follows a group of high schoolers who fall victim to a masked murderer, inspired one of today's most popular Halloween costumes and also made our list of the 25 best plot twists of all time. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "13 Classic Halloween Movies to Screen for a Proper Fright Fest," 5 July 2018 Opposing this villain, and his masked henchman Skeletron, is Frederic, a Clint Eastwood-ish cowboy famed for his arm-wrestling abilities. Lincoln Michel, GQ, "Turbo Kid Is the Blood-Soaked '80s Homage You Can Stream on Netflix," 14 Apr. 2018 This sets Mario and Toad off on an adventure that has them playing tennis against mysterious creatures in a cave or masked oddities in the middle of a courtyard in a mountain town. Todd Martens,, "'Mario Tennis Aces' and the love of low-stakes competition," 12 July 2018 In the security camera video, the hooded and masked man can be seen approaching a BMW sitting in stopped traffic and firing three shots at point blank range through the driver’s side window, which was half-opened and smashed by a bullet. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Police searching for gunman who shot at driver 3 times while she sat in traffic," 10 July 2018 In addition to attending masked balls, Venetians habitually wore masks from October through Lent. Cate Mcquaid,, "MFA’s ‘Casanova’ a voluptuous look at a notorious voluptuary," 6 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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