masque

play
noun \ˈmask\
variants: or less commonly

mask

Definition of masque

  1. 1 :  masquerade

  2. 2 :  a short allegorical dramatic entertainment of the 16th and 17th centuries performed by masked actors

Origin and Etymology of masque

Middle French masque — more at mask

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MASQUE Defined for English Language Learners

masque

play
noun

Definition of masque for English Language Learners

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


MASQUE Defined for Kids

masque

play
noun \ˈmask\

Definition of masque for Students

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


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