dis·​guise | \ də-ˈskīz How to pronounce disguise (audio) , dis-ˈgīz also diz- \
disguised; disguising

Definition of disguise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to change the customary dress (see dress entry 2 sense 1) or appearance of disguised herself in a wig and glasses
b : to furnish with a false appearance or an assumed (see assume sense 3) identity disguised as a beggar
2 obsolete : disfigure
3 : to obscure the existence or true state or character of : conceal unable to disguise his true feelings



Definition of disguise (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : apparel assumed to conceal one's identity or counterfeit another's The bank robber was wearing a disguise.
2 : the act of disguising
3a : form misrepresenting the true nature of something blessings in disguise
b : an artificial manner : pretense threw off all disguise

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Other Words from disguise


disguisedly \ də-​ˈskīz(-​ə)d-​lē How to pronounce disguise (audio) , dis-​ˈgīz(-​ə)d-​ also  diz-​ \ adverb
disguisement \ də-​ˈskīz-​mənt How to pronounce disguise (audio) , dis-​ˈgīz-​ also  diz-​ \ noun
disguiser noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for disguise

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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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

Examples of disguise in a Sentence

Verb He tried to disguise his voice on the phone but I could tell it was him. She disguised herself in a wig and glasses. We disguised the fact that we were disappointed. Noun He wore a disguise of glasses, a fake mustache, and a cap. The famous thief is known to be a master of disguise.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Custom cabinetry panels disguise fridge and freezer columns. Carisha Swanson, House Beautiful, 16 Sep. 2021 Their adenoidal squeak and chuckly delivery disguise both the stripping away of human culture and the ineffectuality of that culture that are his chief themes. New York Times, 7 July 2021 But the walls disguise doors which push open to an office on one side and a guest room on the other. Nancy Keates, WSJ, 26 May 2021 The Times reported that Trump and his siblings set up a sham corporation to disguise millions of dollars in gifts from their parents, and that Trump helped his father take improper tax deductions worth millions more. BostonGlobe.com, 22 Sep. 2021 Don’t just average two or three overall ratings since this can disguise underlying risk. Robert G. Eccles, Forbes, 19 Sep. 2021 Far too often, Indianapolis failed to disguise its blitzes long enough and Seattle picked it up nicely. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, 15 Sep. 2021 But there’s a certain O. Henry irony to the situation, insofar as the show, like its predecessor, is a meditation on how readily abuse can disguise itself with prestige trappings. Anthony Lan, The New Yorker, 8 Aug. 2021 Michael Mangina said the woman – who had shaved her head in an attempt to disguise herself – refused to stop and a pursuit was launched. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 12 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Unbeknownst to Lauren and everyone else, Paul is actually Prince Edward Charles, European royalty in disguise as a commoner. Breanne L. Heldman, PEOPLE.com, 7 Oct. 2021 There is a blessing in disguise for retailers coming through the pandemic. Pamela N. Danziger, Forbes, 1 Oct. 2021 But as the recovery tentatively begins, experts believe that the pandemic outbreak has come as a blessing in disguise for low-fare airlines such as IndiGo. Niharika Sharma, Quartz, 30 Sep. 2021 With the flick of one Fairy Rat-father's wand, Gonzo gets to rock the dress of their dreams -- in disguise -- to the delight of the Muppet Babies. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 25 Sep. 2021 Wait, is that Bimini in disguise trying to get the title that was robbed from her last season? Brian Moylan, Vulture, 24 Sep. 2021 Yet, this has the power to be a blessing in disguise for retailers who can leverage their first-party data to create their own media platform and/or to monetize their assets for insights sharing with brands. Beni Basel, Forbes, 23 Sep. 2021 Dixon seized the opportunity to shadow the cobbler and dove deeper into his footwear obsession foreshadowing a blessing in disguise. Greg Emmanuel, Essence, 16 Sep. 2021 Some things not working out are simply blessings in disguise. Rolling Stone Culture Council, Rolling Stone, 15 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of disguise


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for disguise

Verb and Noun

Middle English disgisen, from Anglo-French desguiser, deguiser, from des- dis- + guise guise

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The first known use of disguise was in the 14th century

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“Disguise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disguise. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of disguise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



English Language Learners Definition of disguise (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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


dis·​guise | \ də-ˈskīz How to pronounce disguise (audio) , dis-ˈgīz \
disguised; disguising

Kids Definition of disguise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to change the looks or sound of to avoid being recognized He disguised his voice on the phone.
2 : to keep from revealing She disguised her true feelings.



Kids Definition of disguise (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : clothing worn to avoid being recognized
2 : an outward appearance that hides what something really is a blessing in disguise

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