\ 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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Not all of the answers to these questions could be revealed at the Arthurians bal masque on Feb. 9, but at least a few could be. Sue Strachan,, "The Arthurians costumed revelry at annual bal masque," 9 Jan. 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 As 2018 is New Orleans' tricentennial year, the Children's Carnival Club of New Orleans decided to honor this milestone at its 93rd bal masque, Jan. 21 at the Sheraton Hotel. Sue Strachan,, "Children's Carnival Club ball 93rd bal masque commemorates the city's tricentennial," 30 Jan. 2018 The invitation to the Krewe of Dorians bal masque on Feb. 2 was an intriguing hint to guests of things to come. Sue Strachan,, "Krewe of Dorians bal masque continues a tradition," 10 Feb. 2018 Each kit will retail for $19.99 and will contain a 3 oz. shampoo & conditioner, one tube of the reconstructing treatment, a masque sachet, and a candle in the Keraphix fragrance. Kelsi Zimmerman, Allure, "Nexxus’s New Keraphix Line Is on Pre-Sale Right Now," 18 Dec. 2017 Up next month: a collection of three dry clay masques that, when activated with water, help to reset and balance your skin. Kari Molvar, New York Times, "Skin Care’s Backlash Against Essential Oils," 29 Sep. 2017 Ranavat Botaniques Pinterest Michelle Ranavat crafted this organic range of masques and tonics using inspiration from India’s beauty history and Ayurvedic medicine, along with ingredients sourced from the Himalayas and New Zealand. Jillian Ruffo,, "5 Brands to Shop From Neiman Marcus' New Indie Beauty Selection," 20 Oct. 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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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