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mummer

[muhm-er] /ˈmʌm ər/
noun
1.
a person who wears a mask or fantastic costume while merrymaking or taking part in a pantomime, especially at Christmas and other festive seasons.
2.
an actor, especially a pantomimist.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English mommer. See mum2, -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for mummer

mummer

/ˈmʌmə/
noun
1.
one of a group of masked performers in folk play or mime
2.
a mime artist
3.
(jocular or derogatory) an actor
Word Origin
C15: from Old French momeur, from momer to mime; related to momon mask
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Word Origin and History for mummer
mummer
c.1405, probably a fusion of M.Fr. momeur "mummer" (from momer "mask oneself," from momon "mask") and M.E. mommen "to mutter, be silent," related to mum (interj.). OED marks it as "obsolete," but the word, and the custom, are alive and thriving in Philadelphia, U.S.A.
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