Meaning of “death mask” in the English Dictionary

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"death mask" in British English

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death masknoun [ C ]

uk /ˈdeθ ˌmɑːsk/ us /ˈdeθ ˌmæsk/

Examples from literature

  • On the pallor of the death mask the tinted lips, the spots of rouge, the pencilled eyebrows of the dead face, were as clearly revealed as print on a white page. 
  • The ice had pressed a death mask on the convulsed features and held them in the moment of agony. 
  • The rest of his face was like a death mask. 

(Definition of “death mask” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)