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mummer

1. one of a group of masked performers in folk play or mime
2. a mime artist
3. Humorous or derogatory an actor
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
References in classic literature ?
Half an hour later there appeared among the other mummers in the ballroom an old lady in a hooped skirt- this was Nicholas.
Nicholas, who, as the roads were in splendid condition, wanted to take them all for a drive in his troyka, proposed to take with them about a dozen of the serf mummers and drive to "Uncle's."
Natasha, Sonya, Madame Schoss, and two maids got into Nicholas' sleigh; Dimmler, his wife, and Petya, into the old count's, and the rest of the mummers seated themselves in the other two sleighs.
From that sleigh one could hear the shouts, laughter, and voices of the mummers.
In earlier times, in English, such a performer would typically be referred to as a mummer. Miming is distinguished from silent comedy, in which the artist is a character in a film or skit without sound.
aItas generally thought that the custom is related to Thracian Dionysos and similar rituals can be found in different parts of the Balkan peninsula,a said one of the oldest mummer Ivan Boyadzhiev, who took part in the parade for 14th consecutive time.
"It's generally thought that the custom is related to Thracian Dionysos and similar rituals can be found in different parts of the Balkan peninsula," said one of the oldest mummer Ivan Boyadzhiev, who took part in the parade for 14th consecutive time.
A 2015 UN-brokered deal that set up a Government of National Accord was meant to calm years of chaos that followed the ouster and killing of dictator Mummer Qaddafi in 2011.
Use of the term 'character' in respect of mumming and mummer's plays persons appears from 1777 in John Brand's Observations of Popular Antiquities:
St Thomas's Day or the shortest day of the year was once known as Mummer's Day.
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- Inquiry crises between Office of the Chief Public Prosecutor and Istanbul Police It has been claimed that an important inquiry crisis has arisen between Office of the Public Prosecutor and Istanbul Police Department after Prosecutor Mummer AktaE- has begun an important corruption and bribery operation.
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Introduces New Mummer's Package Each year on New Year's Day, Philadelphia is home to the Mummer's Parade, an event which is thought to be the oldest folk festival in the U.S.