Meaning of iron mask in English:

iron mask


  • 1A mask made of iron, especially one worn for protection or as a punishment.

    Recorded earliest in the Man with the Iron Mask.

  • 2 figurative Something, especially an outward appearance or expression, which hides a person's true identity or nature.

    Often with allusion to the Man in the Iron Mask.


iron mask

/ʌɪən ˈmɑːsk/ /ʌɪən ˈmask/


Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Voltaire's Age of Lewis XIV. From iron + mask, after French masque de fer.