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 disguisedly (audio) , dis-​ˈgīz(-​ə)d-​ also  diz-​ \ adverb
disguisement \ də-​ˈskīz-​mənt How to pronounce disguisement (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 But if, after a point, money is just a way to keep score, even his latest coup with Palantir can’t disguise this fact: Peter Thiel may be one of the best investors in Silicon Valley, but his track record is decidedly mixed. Devon Pendleton, Bloomberg.com, "Peter Thiel is Richer Than Ever as Tech Eclipses Macro Mess," 13 Nov. 2020 The peat here can be four thousand years old and deep enough to disguise or entirely cover ancient monuments. Hugh Raffles, The New York Review of Books, "The Stones of Lewis, Portals in Time," 9 Oct. 2020 Using Burton allows the Colts to disguise their intentions a little bit longer. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, "Trey Burton's comfort in Colts' Wildcat formation opens a lot of tantalizing possibilities," 2 Nov. 2020 But when the clock strikes midnight, those DIY mummies turn into real ones, and Klum is forced to disguise herself within the house to protect herself. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "Heidi Klum debuts her 2020 Halloween costumes: See exclusive, behind-the-scenes photos," 31 Oct. 2020 Will Los Angeles try to disguise their coverages, attempting to force Tagovailoa to make mistakes. Omar Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, "Dolphins working to customize offense for Tua Tagovailoa, but patience required," 29 Oct. 2020 Its defense has been undermined by the former head of its antidoping agency, Yuri Ganus, who described the punishment as just and said Russia had manipulated athletes’ records to disguise evidence of doping. Tariq Panja, New York Times, "After Doping Scandal, Russia Hacked the Olympics, U.S. and Britain Say," 20 Oct. 2020 But none of these modifications do much to disguise the elemental brute within. Tony Swan, Popular Mechanics, ""Earth Mover": PM Test Drives the 1992 Civilian Hummer," 20 Oct. 2020 The hairstylists and makeup artists have also shown us a couple of different ways to style a bun, as well as a fun, fluorescent way to disguise dark circles à la Blumarine. Devon Abelman, Allure, "The Best Hair and Makeup Moments From Milan Fashion Week," 24 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Halbfinger’s column-in-disguise has more problems than its title. Isaac Schorr, National Review, "The New York Times’ Misleading ‘Analysis’ of Benjamin Netanyahu," 11 Nov. 2020 For some older kids, learning a new instrument online has actually been a blessing in disguise. Loren Holmes, Anchorage Daily News, "Public school music teachers get creative during the pandemic," 8 Nov. 2020 Also in disguise, the Prancing Horse seems to have a new hypercar in the works. Jonathon Ramsey, Car and Driver, "This Week in Cars: VW and Greece Partner on an Island, Golf R Rolls Out, More," 7 Nov. 2020 The actor has already played Grindelwald — albeit in disguise — in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. James Hibberd, EW.com, "Here's who should replace Johnny Depp as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts," 6 Nov. 2020 For Lungstrom, the pandemic has been something of a blessing in disguise. Jon Bream, Star Tribune, "Twin Cities house cleaners in pandemic: 'I'm busy sanitizing everything!'," 4 Nov. 2020 At just this point a gendarme enters to announce the arrival of the real inspector general, who is not at all in disguise. Gary Saul Morson, The New York Review of Books, "An Incandescent Inanity," 3 Nov. 2020 The lack of time to dwell on the loss to Northwestern is actually a blessing in disguise, according to junior inside linebacker Ayinde Eley. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland WR Jeshaun Jones emotional in first game in almost two years; Terps prepare for short week | NOTES," 26 Oct. 2020 For a handful of startups, though, the pandemic has come as a blessing in disguise. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "Four Indian startups joined the unicorn club during the coronavirus pandemic," 19 Oct. 2020

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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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26 Nov 2020

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“Disguise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disguise. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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How to pronounce disguise (audio)

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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