[mask, mahsk]
a form of aristocratic entertainment in England in the 16th and 17th centuries, originally consisting of pantomime and dancing but later including dialogue and song, presented in elaborate productions given by amateur and professional actors.
a dramatic composition for such entertainment.
a masquerade; masked ball; revel.
mask ( def 14 ).
Also, mask.

1505–15; < Middle French; see mask

mask, masque, mosque. Unabridged
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masque or mask (mɑːsk)
1.  a dramatic entertainment of the 16th to 17th centuries in England, consisting of pantomime, dancing, dialogue, and song, often performed at court
2.  the words and music written for a masque
3.  short for masquerade
[C16: variant of mask]
mask or mask
[C16: variant of mask]

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Word Origin & History

"masquerade, masked ball," 1514, from M.Fr. masque (see mask). Originally the same word, it developed a special sense of "amateur theatrical performance" (1562) in Elizabethan times, when such entertainments (originally performed in masks) were popular among the nobility.
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Example sentences
He plays with a frozen, expressionless masque which conveys none of his character's inner turmoil.
The second part was presented as a masque symbolizing the founding and growth of the state.
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