Definition of masque in English:

masque

Syllabification: masque
Pronunciation: /mask
 
/

noun

  • 1A form of amateur dramatic entertainment, popular among the nobility in 16th- and 17th-century England, which consisted of dancing and acting performed by masked players.
    More example sentences
    • Dancing plays a part in the staged entertainments or masques which occur within several plays.
    • The literary element was probably the most important component and among those who wrote texts for masques were Ben Jonson and John Milton.
    • If my own enthusiasm was kept within bounds, it was partly because Noble treats this wonderful, neglected play as if it were a spectacular masque or Jacobean musical.

Derivatives

masquer

Pronunciation: /ˈmaskər/
noun

Origin

early 16th century (in the sense 'masquerade or masked ball'): probably a back-formation (with spelling influenced by French masque 'mask') from masker, from Italian mascar 'person wearing a mask'.

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