So called in ridicule of the people of Bergamo, Italy, once noted for their clownishness.
bergomask (plural bergomasks)
- (obsolete) A rustic dance.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for bergomask in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)