Definition of masker in US English:



  • 1A thing that masks or conceals something else.

    • ‘For many years white noise was the masker of choice; however, more recently, with the advent of speech-spectrum noise, there has been a shift to this masker.’
    • ‘Align the tape against the edge of what you're masking, then pull the masker along the edge to unroll a perfect line of paper and masking tape.’
    • ‘On a side note, you will find vanilla extract an excellent masker of failed experimentations.’
    • ‘The sound was being occulted by something that passed in front of it with an acoustic masker.’
    • ‘Most deodorants are odor maskers that cover the unpleasant odor with a more appealing one.’
  • 2A person taking part in a masquerade or masked ball.

    • ‘The masker announces the arrival of the chief and serves as a peacekeeper.’
    • ‘The daylight parade of maskers, the culminating event of the festival, took place the next day, with more than 5,000 spectators in attendance.’
    • ‘The audience rewarded the young masker and the entire performance with expressions of pleasure and applause.’
    • ‘This form of spectatorship contrasts sharply with the interactive performances found in rural villages where most of these maskers normally appear.’
    • ‘Instead, scene changes were suggested by the appearance of new characters, the exit of maskers, and the entrance of dancers.’
    • ‘This latter category often involves maskers honoring high-status elder men, as well as the punishment of lawbreakers.’
    • ‘This was the best known of all 17th-cent. masques, mainly because of the spectacular torchlight procession (or ‘triumph’) of the masquers, from Holborn to Whitehall, which preceded the masque proper.’
    • ‘So the masque was essentially contemporary: when the masquers were unmasked, they proved to be not legendary creatures from classical antiquity, but the King and the nobility, and by inference possibly ourselves.’
    • ‘At the start of the festival the organizing committee announced to me that I could not enter the stadium floor where the maskers were to appear because I was a woman.’
    • ‘Prospero, keen to display his power, utilises the stage to perform ‘some vanity of mine art’ and the curtains are drawn across the proscenium stage and then part again to reveal the masquers.’
    • ‘The next day, the masquers were presented to the queen, and the Prince's reign ended.’
    • ‘In keeping with this emphasis, it is clear that costumes were not imposed on the masquers; rather, female performers played a large part in determining the style and colour of their costumes.’
    • ‘Igbo maskers have a spiritual essence that varies in expression from the comedic to the sacred.’
    • ‘This mask danced slowly forward with an extensive entourage of adult men and musicians, as well as a group of child maskers clad in white.’
    • ‘Changes in his designs reflect changing fashions at court, the less active role taken by female masquers in entertainments, and the later predominance of male performers.’
    • ‘Surrounded by musicians and men who directed its movement, and followed by child maskers, the Ijele begin to spin, slowly at first, then gaining speed.’
    • ‘He also invited to his Edinburgh court English actors, musicians and masquers, thus creating a British court culture in Scotland; in 1603, he recreated this in England when his Scottish court poets accompanied him south.’
    • ‘The central part of the masque consisted of three entries danced by the masquers to specially composed and choreographed music.’
    • ‘Indeed, the limited ability of the organizers to control the maskers was demonstrated by their refusal to participate in a three-quarter-mile carnival-style parade in the intense heat.’
    • ‘By limiting the performances to three minutes in the central space, the organizers ensured that the maskers had to decide what brief performative elements best represented their masquerade.’