Definition of ruse
: a wily subterfuge
Examples of ruse in a sentence
His act was just a clever ruse to get me to go out with him.
Origin and Etymology of ruse
French, from Old French, roundabout path taken by fleeing game, trickery, from reuser
First Known Use: 1581
Synonym Discussion of ruse
RUSE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ruse for English Language Learners
: a trick or act that is used to fool someone
RUSE Defined for Kids
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