verb \də-ˈskīz, dis-ˈgīz also diz-\

: to change the usual appearance, sound, taste, etc., of (someone or something) so that people will not recognize that person or thing

: to hide (something) so that it will not be seen or noticed


Full Definition of DISGUISE

transitive verb
a :  to change the customary dress or appearance of
b :  to furnish with a false appearance or an assumed identity
obsolete :  disfigure
:  to obscure the existence or true state or character of :  conceal <unable to disguise his true feelings>
dis·guised·ly \-ˈgīz(-ə)d-lē, -ˈkīz(-ə)d-\ adverb
dis·guise·ment \-ˈgīz-mənt, -ˈkīz-\ noun
dis·guis·er noun

Examples of DISGUISE

  1. He tried to disguise his voice on the phone but I could tell it was him.
  2. She disguised herself in a wig and glasses.
  3. We disguised the fact that we were disappointed.

Origin of DISGUISE

Middle English disgisen, from Anglo-French desguiser, deguiser, from des- dis- + guise guise
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of DISGUISE

disguise, cloak, mask mean to alter the dress or appearance of so as to conceal the identity or true nature. disguise implies a change in appearance or behavior that misleads by presenting a different apparent identity <disguised herself as a peasant>. cloak suggests a means of hiding a movement or an intention <cloaked their maneuvers in secrecy>. mask suggests some often obvious means of hiding or disguising something <smiling to mask his discontent>.



: clothes or other things that you wear so that people will not recognize you

: the act of changing your appearance so that people will not recognize you

Full Definition of DISGUISE

:  apparel assumed to conceal one's identity or counterfeit another's
:  the act of disguising
a :  form misrepresenting the true nature of something <blessings in disguise>
b :  an artificial manner :  pretense <threw off all disguise>

Examples of DISGUISE

  1. He wore a disguise of glasses, a fake mustache, and a cap.
  2. The famous thief is known to be a master of disguise.

First Known Use of DISGUISE

14th century

Other Clothing Terms

babushka, brogue, bumbershoot, cravat, dishabille, furbelow, layette, raiment, spectator


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