mask

{{11}}mask (n.) 1530s, from M.Fr. masque "covering to hide or guard the face" (16c.), from It. maschera, from M.L. masca "mask, specter, nightmare," of uncertain origin, perhaps from Arabic maskharah "buffoon, mockery," from sakhira "be mocked, ridiculed." Or via Prov. mascarar, Catalan mascarar, O.Fr. mascurer "to black (the face)," perhaps from a Germanic source akin to English MESH (Cf. mesh) (q.v.). But Cf. Occitan mascara "to blacken, darken," derived from mask- "black," which is held to be from a pre-Indo-European language, and Old Occitan masco "witch," surviving in dialects; in Beziers it means "dark cloud before the rain comes." [See Walther von Wartburg, "Französisches Etymologisches Wörterbuch: Eine Darstellung galloromanischen sprachschatzes"]. Figurative use by 1570s.
{{12}}mask (v.) 1560s, "take part in a masquerade;" 1570s, "to disguise;" 1580s, "to wear a mask," from MASK (Cf. mask) (n.). Figurative use by 1580s. Extended sense of "to disguise" is attested from 1847. Related: Masked; masking. Masking tape recorded from 1927; so called because it is used to block out certain surfaces before painting.

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  • Mask — (m[.a]sk), n. [F. masque, LL. masca, mascha, mascus; cf. Sp. & Pg. m[ a]scara, It. maschera; all fr. Ar. maskharat buffoon, fool, pleasantry, anything ridiculous or mirthful, fr. sakhira to ridicule, to laugh at. Cf. {Masque}, {Masquerade}.] 1. A …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mask — [mask, mäsk] n. [Fr masque < It maschera, mascara, a mask, prob. < Ar maskhara, a clown, buffoonery] 1. a covering for the face or part of the face, to conceal the identity 2. anything that conceals or disguises 3. a party, carnival, etc.… …   English World dictionary

  • Mask (RO) — Mask (Royaumes oubliés) Mask est une divinité imaginaire fictive propre aux Royaumes oubliés, un monde de campagne pour le jeu de rôle Donjons Dragons. Mask est le Dieu des voleurs et des espions. Sa tâche consiste donc à aider les voleurs dans… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • mask — /mask / (say mahsk) noun 1. a covering for the face, especially one worn for disguise; a false face. 2. a piece of cloth, silk, or plastic material, covering the face of an actor, to symbolise the character represented, used in Greek and Roman… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Mask — Mask, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Masked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Masking}.] 1. To cover, as the face, by way of concealment or defense against injury; to conceal with a mask or visor. [1913 Webster] They must all be masked and vizarded. Shak. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mask — De izquierda a derecha: Andres Franco, Javier Barragan, Jose Fors, Ernesto Franco y Arturo Ybarra Datos generales Origen Guadalajara, Jalisco, México …   Wikipedia Español

  • Mask — Mask, v. i. 1. To take part as a masker in a masquerade. Cavendish. [1913 Webster] 2. To wear a mask; to be disguised in any way. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mask — bezeichnet: M.A.S.K., Zeichentrickserie Lough Mask, See im County Mayo, Irland Siehe auch: Die Maske Diese Seite ist eine Begriffsklärung zur Unterscheidung mehrerer mit d …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Mask — (Lough M.), See in den irischen Grafschaften Mayo und Galway, 16 km lang und 3–7 km breit, entsendet einen Abfluß nach S. zum Lough Corrib. An der Südostküste Ruinen von Mask Castle (aus dem 13. Jahrh.) …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • mask# — mask n portrait, photograph, *image, effigy, statue, icon mask vb *disguise, cloak, dissemble, camouflage Analogous words: conceal, *hide, secrete, screen: protect, shield, *defend, guard, safeguard Contrasted words: discover, divulge, disclose,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • mask — [n] false face, cover affectation, air*, appearance, aspect, beard*, blind, camouflage, cloak*, concealment, cover up, disguise, disguisement, dissembling, dissimulation, domino*, facade, fig leaf*, front, guise, hood, masquerade, pose, posture,… …   New thesaurus

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