\ ˈmask How to pronounce masque (audio) \
variants: or less commonly mask

Definition of masque

2 : a short allegorical dramatic entertainment of the 16th and 17th centuries performed by masked actors
3 : mask sense 2c … a collection of three dry clay masques that, when activated with water, help to reset and balance your skin.— Kari Molvar

Examples of masque in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After this, the blue-purple masque can be peeled off the lips, revealing a vibrant lip stain. Esther Newman,, 6 Aug. 2021 This nourishing color bomb masque reduces frizz for a silk smooth result while freshening up your color with non-permanent pigments. Angela Lei, Forbes, 17 May 2021 Other standouts include an all-star roster of skin-purifying products from a velvety volcanic sea clay masque for that really deep clean to a hydrating vitamin C serum that can actually tackle those post-maskne dark spots. Michella Oré, Glamour, 29 Apr. 2021 This Masque made its way to my top deep conditioner/masque list . Chelsea Hall, Marie Claire, 28 Oct. 2020 Plus, scalp scrubs, serums, and treatments can be just as fun as a hair masque. Tatjana Freund, Marie Claire, 6 May 2020 Dick’s Sporting Goods has comfort masques and balaclavas available with contact-free curbside pick up or free shipping for orders of $49 or more. oregonlive, 15 May 2020 There's no telling what beauty surprises these brands will unveil next, but both were excited to offer their tips for using the masque set. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, 18 Dec. 2018 By the 17th century, progresses had been replaced with masques, musical and dramatic presentations in which the courtiers, and sometimes the royals themselves, participated. Judith Flanders, WSJ, 5 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of masque

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for masque

Middle French masque — more at mask

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“Masque.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of masque

: a type of play that was performed in the 16th and 17th centuries by actors wearing masks


\ ˈmask How to pronounce masque (audio) \

Kids Definition of masque

: an old form of dramatic entertainment in which the actors wore masks

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