un·​mask ˌən-ˈmask How to pronounce unmask (audio)
unmasked; unmasking; unmasks

transitive verb

: to reveal the true nature of : expose
: to remove a mask from

intransitive verb

: to remove one's mask

Examples of unmask in a Sentence

He was unmasked as a spy. the killer's identity won't be unmasked until the season's final episode
Recent Examples on the Web The studio audience and the panel cast their votes for their favorite performance of the night and whoever received the fewest amount of votes would unmask. Dana Rose Falcone, Peoplemag, 16 May 2024 Shortly into Season 2 Eloise reinvigorates her quest, begun the previous season, to unmask Lady Whistledown, but this time to convince the writer to comment on more important matters than gossip. Kari Sonde, TIME, 14 May 2024 Watch Poodle Moth’s performance and unmasking below. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 9 May 2024 And each season’s amateur detectives expended a lot of energy trying to unmask catfish, as though inventing a persona automatically made a castmate a weaker ally. Judy Berman, TIME, 8 May 2024 Once the studio audience and panel voted, the father of 12 declared Seal would be the first one to unmask. Dana Rose Falcone, Peoplemag, 2 May 2024 Beets got eliminated alongside Seal (Corey Feldman) on the May 1 episode of the singing competition and unmasked as American Idol season 2 winner Ruben Studdard and runner-up Clay Aiken. Dana Rose Falcone, Peoplemag, 2 May 2024 This meant fan-favorite Beets had to unmask, and the panelists' guesses were all over the place, ranging from Dan + Shay; to Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet; to CeeLo Green and Danger Mouse; to K-Ci & JoJo. Lauren Huff, EW.com, 2 May 2024 Watch Miss Cleocatra’s performance and unmasking below. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 25 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1562, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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The first known use of unmask was in 1562

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“Unmask.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unmask. Accessed 23 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


un·​mask ˌən-ˈmask How to pronounce unmask (audio)
: to strip of a mask or a disguise : expose
unmask a traitor

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