Definition of mystery play noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


mystery play

BrE BrE//ˈmɪstri pleɪ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪstri pleɪ//
(also miracle play) Types of play
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a type of play that was popular between the 11th and 14th centuries and was based on events in the Bible or the lives of the Christian saints See related entries: Types of play Culture In Britain miracle and mystery plays were usually performed by guilds (= associations of skilled workers in Britain in the Middle Ages) in the streets of towns. Mystery plays are still performed today in some towns.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: mystery play