Etymology
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masque (n.)

"masquerade, masked ball, festive entertainment in which participants wear a disguising costume," 1510s, from French masque; see mask (n.). 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.

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Definitions of masque

masque (n.)
a party of guests wearing costumes and masks;
Synonyms: masquerade / masquerade party / mask
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