mummer

noun
mum·​mer | \ ˈmə-mər How to pronounce mummer (audio) \

Definition of mummer

1 : a performer in a pantomime broadly : actor
2 : one who goes merrymaking in disguise during festivals

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Examples of mummer in a Sentence

a street festival featuring mummers in a pantomime those moonstruck mummers on TV soap operas who have more hair than talent
Recent Examples on the Web Kraken and dark flame, lion and griffin, the sun's son and the mummer's dragon. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "All the Signs Arya Stark Is Going to Kill Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones," 13 May 2019 Attendees will be led in traditional songs from England, Ireland, and the United States, and Revels will perform a mummers play. Leslie Anderson, BostonGlobe.com, "Spring gets a head start at the Boston Flower & Garden Show," 11 Mar. 2018 Troupes of mimes and acrobats, musicians and mummers were ubiquitous in early modern Europe. A. O. Scott, New York Times, "The Return of the Artistic Company," 18 Feb. 2018 Kelce, a center for the Eagles and native of Cleveland Heights, wore a mummer's outfit that glittered. Branson Wright, cleveland.com, "Jason Kelce makes wild speech at Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl parade (photos, video)," 8 Feb. 2018 Kraken and dark flame, lion and griffin, the sun's son and the mummer's dragon. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "All the Signs Arya Stark Is Going to Kill Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones," 13 May 2019 Attendees will be led in traditional songs from England, Ireland, and the United States, and Revels will perform a mummers play. Leslie Anderson, BostonGlobe.com, "Spring gets a head start at the Boston Flower & Garden Show," 11 Mar. 2018 Troupes of mimes and acrobats, musicians and mummers were ubiquitous in early modern Europe. A. O. Scott, New York Times, "The Return of the Artistic Company," 18 Feb. 2018 Kelce, a center for the Eagles and native of Cleveland Heights, wore a mummer's outfit that glittered. Branson Wright, cleveland.com, "Jason Kelce makes wild speech at Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl parade (photos, video)," 8 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of mummer

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Mummer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mummer. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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