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mummers' play

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(also mumming play)

Definition of mummers' play in English:

noun

A traditional English folk play, of a type often associated with Christmas and popular in the 18th and early 19th centuries. The plot typically features Saint George and involves the miraculous resurrection of a character.
Example sentences
  • They cite the occurrence of combat between heroes and death and resurrection as precursors of mummers' plays, but do not give any proof to substantiate this statement.
  • As often in the mummers' plays, that action has pitted St George against the Turkish Knight, who is slain and duly brought back to life by the Quack Doctor.
  • There's also a lot of interest in customs, like the mummers' plays, including the one performed at Heptonstall, and in the traditional songs of the Ridings.

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