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n. pl. mum·mer·ies
1. A performance by mummers.
a. Pretentious or hypocritical show or ceremony.
b. An act or instance of this.

[French mommerie, from Old French momer, to wear a mask, pantomime.]


n, pl -meries
1. (Theatre) a performance by mummers
2. hypocritical or ostentatious ceremony


(ˈmʌm ə ri)

n., pl. -mer•ies.
1. a performance by mummers.
2. any absurd, false, or ostentatious performance or ceremony.


1. a performance by mummers, performers wearing masks or fantastic disguises.
2. any showy but empty performance.
See also: Performing
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mummery - meaningless ceremonies and flattery
hokum, meaninglessness, nonsense, nonsensicality, bunk - a message that seems to convey no meaning


n (old)Pantomimenspiel nt; (fig)Mummenschanz m
References in classic literature ?
But I cannot tell; this same truth, is a naked, and open day-light, that doth not show the masks, and mummeries, and triumphs, of the world, half so stately and daintily as candle-lights.
thy wretched laugh, thy idle but unresting eye; all thy strange mummeries not unmeaningly blended with the black tragedy of the melancholy ship, and mocked it!
Heyward was far from regretting that his mummeries were to be performed on one who was much too ill to take an interest in their failure or success.