\ ˈmask \
variants: or less commonly mask

Definition of masque

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

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The goodie box — which features Ouai's trusty treatment masque, a coveted tube of Summer Fridays' Jet Lag mask, and a headband — was made for living your best spa life, even if the spa happens to be your bedroom. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "You Can Now Mask Your Entire Head for $22," 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, "‘Behind the Throne’ Review: It Takes a Kingdom," 5 Oct. 2018 There's a silly delight in watching Ariel the sprite bollix up his master's enemies and a solemn joy in the wedding masque prepared for the young lovers, Miranda and Ferdinand. Tony Adler, Chicago Reader, "Aaron Posner and Teller’s Macbeth is no Tempest," 9 May 2018 These are cobbled together from a 16th-century masque, The Tragedy of Caesar’s Revenge, which Shakespeare may have known, plus passages from Joseph Addison’s Cato and John Masefield’s Tragedy of Pompey the Great. John Timpane,, "'Julius Caesar' at Quintessence: Tense, tart, appalling, engrossing," 25 Mar. 2018 In the new production, the staid court masque dances that might have seemed too slow and formal for a 21st-century audience took flight — literally. Alissa J. Rubin, The Seattle Times, "With acrobats and cake, a Paris Opera celebrates its rebirth," 23 June 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of masque

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


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Kids Definition of masque

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

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