variants or less commonly mask
: a short allegorical dramatic entertainment of the 16th and 17th centuries performed by masked actors
: 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 The deep conditioning masque will restore hydration and nourish your hair before shampooing with the Aloe Butter Scalp Moisture Shampoo. India Espy-Jones, Essence, 22 Aug. 2023 Additionally, the masque contains honey and argan oil to provide added moisture and hydration to your hair. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 27 July 2023 The high concentration of apple cider vinegar in the masque helps to cleanse your hair and scalp while also balancing its pH levels, which can help promote hair growth and prevent breakage. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 27 July 2023 The world’s response to climate change, then, has been the geopolitical equivalent of a masque: a form of sixteenth-century aristocratic court entertainment, a dramatic performance featuring poetry and dumb allegorical shows, usually culminating in a ceremonial dance joined by the spectators. Philip Zelikow, Foreign Affairs, 21 June 2022 From morning superfood smoothies to superfood facial masques, Golde wants to help change our relationship with wellness by focusing on internally and externally healing our bodies. Gabrielle Tazewell, ELLE, 26 May 2023 Its Baroque references connect medieval France to the glittery splendor of 17th-century allegorical court masques. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, 20 Feb. 2023 Luzern-A thin layer of this sumptuously hydrating masque applied before bed leaves your skin looking brighter, firmer, and more healthy in just one night! Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2021 This rinse-off masque balances the skin's pH to help achieve a smooth and clear complexion. Jasmine Washington, Seventeen, 26 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History


Middle French masque — more at mask

First Known Use

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of masque was in 1526

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“Masque.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: an old type of play performed by masked actors

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