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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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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
n.

"one who performs in a mumming, actor in a dumb show," early 15c., probably a fusion of Middle French momeur "mummer" (from Old French momer "mask oneself," from momon "mask") and Middle English mommen "to mutter, be silent," related to mum (interjection).

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