Masque



[mask, mahsk] /mæsk, mɑsk/

noun
1.
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.
2.
a dramatic composition for such entertainment.
3.
a masquerade; ; revel.
4.
(def 14).
/mɑːsk/
noun
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
n.

“masquerade, masked ball,” 1510s, from Middle French masque; see mask (n.), with which it was originally identical. It developed a special sense of “amateur theatrical performance” (1560s) in Elizabethan times, when such entertainments (originally performed in masks) were popular among the nobility.

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