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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [mask, mahsk]
    • /mæsk, mɑsk/
    • /mɑːsk/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [mask, mahsk]
    • /mæsk, mɑsk/

Definitions of mask word

  • noun mask 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. 1
  • noun mask a dramatic composition for such entertainment. 1
  • noun mask a masquerade; masked ball; revel. 1
  • noun mask mask (def 14). 1
  • verb with object mask to disguise or conceal; hide; dissemble: to mask one's intentions. 1
  • verb with object mask to cover or conceal with a mask. 1

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Origin of mask

First appearance:

before 1525
One of the 28% oldest English words
1525-35; < Middle French masque, perhaps directly < Italian maschera mask, disguise < pre-Latin *maskara, an extended form of *mask-, probably with orig. sense “black” (blackening the face being a simple form of disguise); another development of the same base is early Medieval Latin masca witch, ghost (also, mask); see mascot

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Parts of speech for Mask


mask popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 97% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

mask usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for mask

verb mask

  • hide — Informal. to administer a beating to; thrash.
  • shield — a broad piece of armor, varying widely in form and size, carried apart from the body, usually on the left arm, as a defense against swords, lances, arrows, etc.
  • conceal — If you conceal something, you cover it or hide it carefully.
  • camouflage — Camouflage consists of things such as leaves, branches, or brown and green paint, which are used to make it difficult for an enemy to see military forces and equipment.
  • obscure — (of meaning) not clear or plain; ambiguous, vague, or uncertain: an obscure sentence in the contract.

noun mask

  • disguise — to change the appearance or guise of so as to conceal identity or mislead, as by means of deceptive garb: The king was disguised as a peasant.
  • guise — François de Lorraine [frahn-swa duh law-ren] /frɑ̃ˈswa də lɔˈrɛn/ (Show IPA), 2nd Duc de, 1519–63, French general and statesman.
  • veneer — a thin layer of wood or other material for facing or inlaying wood.
  • concealment — Concealment is the state of being hidden or the act of hiding something.
  • false face — a mask covering the face.

Antonyms for mask

verb mask

  • disclose — to make known; reveal or uncover: to disclose a secret.
  • divulge — to disclose or reveal (something private, secret, or previously unknown).
  • uncover — to lay bare; disclose; reveal.
  • harm — a U.S. air-to-surface missile designed to detect and destroy radar sites by homing on their emissions.
  • injure — to do or cause harm of any kind to; damage; hurt; impair: to injure one's hand.

noun mask

  • reality — the state or quality of being real.
  • truth — the true or actual state of a matter: He tried to find out the truth.

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