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mummer

Line breaks: mum¦mer
Pronunciation: /ˈmʌmə
 
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Definition of mummer in English:

noun

1An actor in a traditional masked mime or a mummers' play.
Example sentences
  • Originally they were mummers, performing traditional plays, and they then became known as waits, who would tour the town every evening before Christmas.
  • Since the Living History Society rekindled the mummers tradition some five years ago the youngsters involved have gone from strength to strength as well as raise funds for various charities.
  • While the traditional roles are not always filled by the same mummers, they have their favourites.
1.1 archaic or derogatory An actor in the theatre.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French momeur, from momer 'act in a mime'; perhaps of Germanic origin.

Words that rhyme with mummer

bummer, comer, drummer, hummer, midsummer, plumber, rummer, strummer, summa, summer

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