mystery play

noun
Updated on: 28 Feb 2018

Definition of mystery play

: a medieval drama based on scriptural incidents (such as the creation of the world, the Flood, or the life, death, and resurrection of Christ) — compare miracle play

Origin and Etymology of mystery play

for earlier 1mystery in sense "mystery play"


MYSTERY PLAY Defined for English Language Learners

mystery play

Definition of mystery play for English Language Learners

  • : a religious play in the Middle Ages based on a story from the Bible (such as the creation of the world or the birth of Jesus Christ)


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