noun \ˈmask\

Definition of MASK

a (1) :  a cover or partial cover for the face used for disguise (2) :  a person wearing a mask :  masker
b (1) :  a figure of a head worn on the stage in antiquity to identify the character and project the voice
(2) :  a grotesque false face worn at carnivals or in rituals
c :  an often grotesque carved head or face used as an ornament (as on a keystone)
d :  a sculptured face or a copy of a face made by means of a mold
a :  something that serves to conceal or disguise :  pretense, cloak <aware of the masks, facades and defenses people erect to protect themselves — Kenneth Keniston>
b :  something that conceals from view
c :  a translucent or opaque screen to cover part of the sensitive surface in taking or printing a photograph
d :  a pattern of opaque material used to shield selected areas of a surface (as of a semiconductor) in deposition or etching (as in producing an integrated circuit)
a :  a protective covering for the face
b :  gas mask
c :  a device covering the mouth and nose to facilitate inhalation
d :  a comparable device to prevent exhalation of infective material
e :  a cosmetic preparation for the skin of the face that produces a tightening effect as it dries
a :  the head or face of an animal (as a fox or dog)
b :  an area (as the one around the eyes) of an animal's face that is distinguished by usually darker coloring

Origin of MASK

Middle French masque, from Old Italian maschera
First Known Use: 1534

Related to MASK

Rhymes with MASK



: to hide (something) from sight

: to keep (something) from being known or noticed

Full Definition of MASK

intransitive verb
:  to take part in a masquerade
a :  to assume a mask
b :  to disguise one's true character or intentions
transitive verb
:  to provide or conceal with a mask: as
a :  to conceal from view <mask a gun battery>
b :  to make indistinct or imperceptible <masks undesirable flavors>
c :  to cover up <masked his real purpose>
:  to cover for protection
:  to modify the size or shape of (as a photograph) by means of an opaque border
mask·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective

First Known Use of MASK

circa 1562

Synonym Discussion of MASK

disguise, cloak, mask mean to alter the dress or appearance of so as to conceal the identity or true nature. disguise implies a change in appearance or behavior that misleads by presenting a different apparent identity <disguised herself as a peasant>. cloak suggests a means of hiding a movement or an intention <cloaked their maneuvers in secrecy>. mask suggests some often obvious means of hiding or disguising something <smiling to mask his discontent>.
MASK Defined for Kids


noun \ˈmask\

Definition of MASK for Kids

:  a cover for the face or part of the face used for disguise or protection <a Halloween mask> <a catcher's mask>
:  something that disguises or conceals <She visited under a mask of friendship.>



Definition of MASK for Kids

:  conceal, disguise <She found it difficult to mask her anger.>


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