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  • n. Plural form of mummer.


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  • She heard the bell at the theatre calling the mummers to the performance, and she saw, passing opposite, men with white faces and women in faded gowns going in at the stage-door.

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  • He spends all his time in palaces; he will want to come home to a house which feels like a home and not a great cathedral filled by a band of mummers, which is what the royal palaces are like.

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  • The mummers is a year long tradition that generates over nine million dollars for the local economy.

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  • The influence of indignation upon the voice caused me to reflect that we might devise a mechanical means of inflaming some in that constellation of mummers which is the heritage of the Anglo-Saxon race.

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  • To-day in the temples of India, or among the lamas of Thibet, the priests dance the demons out, or the new year in, arrayed in animal masks (Ibid., p. 297); and the "mummers" at Yule-tide, in England, are a survival of the same custom.

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  • Even the king is brought back to life by the doctor after being stabbed by the wily Turk in the mummers' play.

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  • We meet mummers, hobby horses, tups and all kinds of other fascinating festivities.

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  • Afternoon indoor games, evening masques and banquets a seemingly endless procession of entertainers in the great hall: mummers, acrobats, tumblers, merchants with fabulous, wares to sell -- anyone with something to offer the jaundiced courtiers was welcome at Greenwich in this season.

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  • We are our own carolers, we are our own mummers, we are our own wassailers.

    The White Queen

  • Anonymous hey i could definitely picture him as one of the bloody mummers, not sure which one just yet.

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  • "When you are hearing a matter between party and party, if you chance to be pinched with the colic, you make faces like mummers, set up the bloody flag against all patience, and, in roaring for a chamber-pot, dismiss the controversy bleeding, the more entangled by your hearing..."

    - William Shakespeare, 'The Tragedy of Coriolanus'.

    August 28, 2009