masque

noun
\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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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, Philly.com, "'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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The first known use of masque was in 1526

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masque

noun

English Language Learners Definition of masque

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

masque

noun
\ˈmask \

Kids Definition of masque

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

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