Definition of mummer noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈmʌmə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmʌmər//
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an actor in an old form of drama without words Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French momeur, from momer ‘act in a mime’; perhaps of Germanic origin. Culture The actors wear masks covering their faces. The story involves a fight between St George and a Turkish knight. One of them is killed, but a doctor brings him back to life. The idea behind the play, which was performed especially at Christmas, is the earth's death in winter and return to life in the spring. It is occasionally still performed.
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