American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A dramatic entertainment, usually performed by masked players representing mythological or allegorical figures, that was popular in England in the 16th and early 17th centuries.
- n. A dramatic verse composition written for such an entertainment.
- n. See masquerade.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- See mask.
- n. archaic (in 16th-17th Century England & Europe) A dramatic performance, often performed at court as a royal entertainment, consisting of dancing, dialogue, pantomime and song.
- n. archaic Words and music written for a masque.
- n. archaic A shortening of the word masquerade.
- n. Archaic form of mask.
- v. Archaic form of mask.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A mask; a masquerade.
- n. a party of guests wearing costumes and masks
- Borrowing from French masque. (Wiktionary)
- French; see mask. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“It was I that called the masque at my house where first the King did see her.”
“The history of the masque is a stale matter, so I will merely mention that Campion, and many another with, before, and after him, engaged during a great part of their lives in what can only be called the manufacture of these entertainments.”
“England (unless _Comus_ be called a masque), and which are worth comparing with the ballets and spectacle pieces of Molière.”
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“As a ballad and a subversive "masque," however, it is a scandal to literary form and decorum in its analysis of oppression and its attribution of Promethean virtue to the hungry, the homeless, and the despised.”
“The "masque" or pantomimic pageant, without dialogue, was also a familiar spectacle of the later times, and remained an occasional feature of the drama in its development.”
“Jack Straw" was a kind of masque, which was very much disliked by the aristocratic and elder part of the community, hence the amount of the fine imposed.”
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