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

camouflage, cloak, dress up, mask

Synonyms: Noun

camouflage, costume, guise

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


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.


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

Joseph is going to have to decide whether to switch to a zone, stick with man or disguise things and get tricky. Greg Moore, azcentral, "Arizona Cardinals vs. Minnesota Vikings: 5 questions we're asking," 23 Aug. 2019 Epoch Times’ Facebook pages remain on the site because the outlet was found to be violating the company’s ad policies — which prohibit disguising the origin of an ad — but not necessarily its community guidelines. Levi Sumagaysay, The Mercury News, "Facebook bans pro-Trump news outlet from buying ads," 23 Aug. 2019 And plainclothes officers, disguised in the distinctive yellow hardhats of the protestors, have been seen making surprise arrests after mixing in with crowds. Nikhil Sonnad, Quartz, "Hong Kong’s police are rolling out harsh new tactics against protestors," 11 Aug. 2019 His disguised failed, however, when prison guards noticed something was awry. Fox News, "Brazil gang leader whose elaborate daughter disguise failed found dead in jail cell," 6 Aug. 2019 Investigators found a robbery demand note inside the car, and clothing and wig disguises worn by Shepard in their home, according to prosecutors. oregonlive.com, "Couple sent to federal prison for robbing six banks in southern Oregon," 30 July 2019 In its executive summary for Operation Spa, state law enforcement officials said using limited liability companies disguised the nature of the business and concealed its proceeds. USA Today, "Sex trafficking is behind the lucrative illicit massage business. Why police can't stop it.," 30 July 2019 Just like in season one, the hit Fox show will showcase celebrities disguised in extremely out-there costumes singing their hearts out. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The Masked Singer' Season 2 Promos Just Gave Us Major Spoilers About What to Expect," 27 July 2019 At one point, they were indicted on more than two dozen counts of conspiring, importing unapproved drugs, and disguising drugs as supplements. Cindy Krischer Goodman, sun-sentinel.com, "Frozen for eternity: Can you really cheat death?," 26 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Forced to coach a girls soccer team, a salesman stacks it with his girlfriend’s son in disguise. Los Angeles Times, "Here are the feature and TV films airing the week of Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019," 11 Aug. 2019 But the adult counselors dressed in bathing suits and sneakers are mostly burn experts in disguise. Jenna Russell, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Here I can be free’: Childhood burn survivors find a haven in Conn. summer camp," 10 Aug. 2019 In the Chinese tale, two lovers — a humble cow herder and a weaver girl, a fairy in disguise — were torn apart when the Goddess of Heaven, the fairy’s mother, scratched her hairpin into the night sky, welling up a river of stars to separate them. Vanessa Hua, SFChronicle.com, "Can bridge of magpies span divisions in U.S.?," 8 Aug. 2019 By the 1950s, Anti-Mexican sentiment and violence grew to a fever pitch, fueled in part by fears that every laborer was a Communist in disguise. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "How Are You Keeping Your Hispanic Employees Safe?: raceAhead," 5 Aug. 2019 Early exits in both domestic cups last season might have been a blessing in disguise. SI.com, "Liverpool Could Play 67 Games in 2019/20 as FIFPro Report Condemns Dangerous Player Workloads," 2 Aug. 2019 In memory, during that long-ago evening on the edge of the woods, even my young children were drawn into its whirligig of shipwrecks, twins in disguise, misread letters, wise foolery and foolish wisdom. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "‘Twelfth Night’ Review: A Bland Transposition," 11 July 2019 Rice, who gets more than half of his income from blue catfish, said the invaders have been a blessing in disguise. Christina Tkacik, Washington Post, "As blue catfish multiply in Chesapeake Bay, watermen pursue new catch," 10 June 2019 An unwanted turn of events will end up being a blessing in disguise. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, "Horoscopes: July 20, 2019," 20 July 2019

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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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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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