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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Carey looked worried and Doctor Agrippa sat as if a spectator at some masque or mummer's play.
▪ Comus is a masque in which a young lady's chastity is tried and not vanquished.
▪ Gundulic also wrote dramas, masques and pastorals.
▪ Of course, it was a load of mummery, Fat Henry playing at masques and mystery.
▪ Once the macabre masque was over, Ranulf stepped back.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Masque \Masque\, n. A mask; a masquerade.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"masquerade, masked ball," 1510s, from Middle French masque; see mask (n.), with which it was originally identical. It developed a special sense of "amateur theatrical performance" (1560s) in Elizabethan times, when such entertainments (originally performed in masks) were popular among the nobility.


n. 1 (context archaic English) ''(in 16th-17th Century England & Europe)'' A dramatic performance, often performed at court as a royal entertainment, consisting of dancing, dialogue, pantomime and song. 2 (context archaic English) Words and music written for a masque. 3 (context archaic English) A masquerade. 4 (archaic form of mask English) 5 A facial mask. vb. (archaic form of mask English)


n. a party of guests wearing costumes and masks [syn: masquerade, mask]


The masque was a form of festive courtly entertainment that flourished in 16th- and early 17th-century Europe, though it was developed earlier in Italy, in forms including the intermedio (a public version of the masque was the pageant). A masque involved music and dancing, singing and acting, within an elaborate stage design, in which the architectural framing and costumes might be designed by a renowned architect, to present a deferential allegory flattering to the patron. Professional actors and musicians were hired for the speaking and singing parts. Often, the masquers who did not speak or sing were courtiers: the English queen Anne of Denmark frequently danced with her ladies in masques between 1603 and 1611, and Henry VIII and Charles I of England performed in the masques at their courts. In the tradition of masque, Louis XIV of France danced in ballets at Versailles with music by Jean-Baptiste Lully.

Masque (Kansas album)

Masque is the third studio album by American progressive rock band Kansas, released in 1975. The album was reissued in remastered format on CD in 2001.

The opening track, "It Takes a Woman's Love (To Make a Man)", was remixed for release as a single, but failed to gain attention. The remix included additional guest vocals and contains segments far different from the album version. The album was remastered and issued on vinyl in 2014. It was also repackaged as Playlist: Masque, although several songs from Kansas (1974), "The Devil Game" from Song for America (1975), "No Room for a Stranger" from Audio-Visions (1980), "Right Away" from Vinyl Confessions (1982), but only "Two Cents Worth" and "All the World" from Masque appeared on the album.

Masque (comics)

Masque is a fictional supervillain in the Marvel Comics universe. Masque was originally a prominent member of the sewer-dwelling community of mutant outcasts called the Morlocks, led by Callisto.

Masque (King Crimson album)

Masque is a live album recorded in 1999 by ProjeKct Three, a side project of King Crimson. Masque was released as part of the 1999 box set The ProjeKcts.

Masque (disambiguation)

Masque is a form of festive courtly entertainment which flourished in 16th- and early 17th-century Europe.

Masque or Masques may also refer to:

  • Masquerade ball, an event which the participants attend in costume wearing a mask
  • Masques (film), a 1987 French film
  • Masque (comics), a fictional character from Marvel Comics' X-Men
  • Masque Attack, an iOS vulnerability disclosed by FireEye in 2014
  • Masque, a novel by F. Paul Wilson
  • Masques block, a block of card expansions for the trading card game Magic: The Gathering

In music:

  • Masque (Kansas album) (1975)
  • Masque (King Crimson album) (1999)
  • Choose Your Masques, a Hawkwind album (1982)
  • Masque (Manfred Mann's Earth Band album) (1987)
  • Masque (The Mission album) (1992)
  • Masques (Szymanowski), a 1915-16 piano work
  • Masques (Brand X album)
  • The Masque, a short-lived Hollywood underground music venue that was instrumental in the Los Angeles punk rock scene
  • Masque (band), a 1980s American metal band
  • Masque, Vernon Reid's backing band
  • Masques, a 1904 work for solo piano by Claude Debussy
Masque (Manfred Mann's Earth Band album)

Masque is an album released in 1987 by Manfred Mann's Earth Band.

The album is subtitled Songs And Planets and features some parts of Gustav Holst's Planets Suite. It represents the completion of an original project started back in 1973, which planned to use Holst's work as a basis. This was ultimately shelved because the band were unable to obtain formal permission from Holst's estate, although some of the idea of a concept album dealing with the solar system could be seen on the band's 1973 album Solar Fire.

Masque (The Mission album)

Masque is the fifth regular studio album by The Mission which was released in January 1992 on the Vertigo sub-label of Mercury Records. Peaking at #23 in the UK albums chart, it failed to repeat the commercial success of the previous two official studio albums and marked the beginning of The Mission's decline in popularity; it was also the band's last album to achieve a UK top 40 position. Masque included the singles "Never Again" (UK #34), "Like a Child Again" (#UK 30) and "Shades of Green Pt. 2". The album included a number of outside collaborators, including Martin Allcock, Anthony Thistlethwaite and Miles Hunt.

The album was reissued in February 2008. The expanded release had four bonus tracks including the cover of Blondie's "Atomic" recorded for the NME's Ruby Trax compilation, released in November 1992.

Usage examples of "masque".

But Jonson gave dramatic value to the masque, especially in his invention of the antimasque, a comedy or farcical element of relief, entrusted to professional players or dancers.

Jann Citadel that had opened the war, Parral had decided a masque was in order.

In swift and picturesque sequence the personages of the Masque pass before us.

Reach were busier than ever, nobles visiting for the masque and the rumored naming of the heir tucked into every available room and rentable house.

As it was, the laboratory that those three lonely hereticks had set up on the Masham estate seemed a masque of what Wilkins and Hooke had done as guests of John Comstock.

Kings may play Vagabonds in masques, you are now a merchant banker named Signore Punchinello.

Divine Virgin, the Queen of Field and Grove, and presented musical masques, harvest fruits and their well-groomed children to her.

Half-burning, I should explain,-was the usual fate of paupers and unfortunates, and Atella was a town celebrated for a kind of rough country masque or farce which had been performed there at the harvest festival every year from the very earliest times, Tiberius had a villa at Atella and used to attend the festival nearly every year.

Your brother tells me that we are going to the masqued ball under the direction of the marquis, and I leave you to imagine how glad I feel at the thought of spending a whole night with you.

Favrielle had spoken truly, the costuming for the Midwinter Masque that year was ornate.

Well, she thought, pushing up to a seated position with a determined look, if Lord Lucien’s servants were not going to fetch Caro for her, she would simply go to the masque and collect the baroness herself.

She had been led through the best galleries, had been taken to the chief points of view, had been shown the grandest ruins and the most glorious churches, and she had ended by oftenest choosing to drive out to the Campagna where she could feel alone with the earth and sky, away-from the oppressive masquerade of ages, in which her own life too seemed to become a masque with enigmatical costumes.

I have stood in the presence of Satan’s minion, masquing it as a young boy.