What does disguise mean?

Definitions for disguise
dɪsˈgaɪz, dɪˈskaɪzdis·guise

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. disguise, camouflagenoun

    an outward semblance that misrepresents the true nature of something

    "the theatrical notion of disguise is always associated with catastrophe in his stories"

  2. disguisenoun

    any attire that modifies the appearance in order to conceal the wearer's identity

  3. disguise, camouflageverb

    the act of concealing the identity of something by modifying its appearance

    "he is a master of disguise"

  4. disguise, maskverb

    make unrecognizable

    "The herb masks the garlic taste"; "We disguised our faces before robbing the bank"


  1. disguisenoun

    An attire (e.g. clothing) used to hide one's identity or assume another.

    That cape and mask complete his disguise

  2. disguisenoun

    The appearance of something on the outside which masks what's beneath.

  3. disguisenoun

    The act of disguising, notably as a ploy

    Any disguise may expose soldiers to be deemed enemy spies

  4. disguiseverb

    To change the appearance of (a person or thing) so as to hide, or to assume an identity.

    Spies often disguise themselves.

  5. disguiseverb

    To prevent giving away or revealing (something secret).

    He disguised his true intentions.

  6. Etymology: disgisen, disguisen, borrowed from desguiser (modern déguiser), itself derived from des- "dis-" (from dis-) + guise "guise" (from a Germanic source).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Disguisenoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    They generally act in a disguise themselves, and therefore mistake all outward show and appearances for hypocrisy in others. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 170.

    You see we’ve burnt our cheeks; and mine own tongue
    Splits what it speaks: the wild disguise hath almost
    Antickt us. William Shakespeare, Anthony and Cleopatra.

    A sudden thought then starting in his mind,
    Since I in Arcite cannot Arcite find,
    The world may search in vain with all their eyes,
    But never penetrate through this disguise. John Dryden, Fables.

    Hence guilty joys, distastes, surmises,
    False oaths, false tears, deceits, disguises. Alexander Pope.

  2. To Disguiseverb

    Etymology: deguiser, French; dis and guise.

    How might we disguise him?
    ———— Alas, I know not: there is no woman’s gown big enough for him. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    Disguis’d he came; but those his children dear
    Their parent soon discern’d, though in disguise. John Milton, P. L.

    They saw the faces, which too well they knew,
    Though then disguis’d in death, and smear’d all o’er
    With filth obscene, and dropping putrid gore. John Dryden, Æn.

    Ulysses wakes, not knowing the place where he was; because Minerva made all things appear in a disguised view. Alexander Pope.

    I have just left the right worshipful, and his myrmidons, about a sneaker of five gallons: the whole magistracy was pretty well disguised before I gave them the slip. Spectator.


  1. Disguise

    A disguise can be anything which conceals or changes a person's physical appearance, including a wig, glasses, makeup, fake moustache, costume or other items. Camouflage is a type of disguise for people, animals and objects. Hats, glasses, changes in hair style or wigs, plastic surgery, and make-up are also used. Disguises can be used by criminals, terrorists, and secret agents seeking to avoid identification. A person working for an agency trying to get information might go 'undercover' to get information without being recognised by the public; a celebrity may go 'incognito' in order to avoid unwelcome press attention. In comic books and films, disguises are often used by superheroes, and in science fiction they may be used by aliens. Dressing up in costumes is a Halloween tradition.


  1. disguise

    A disguise is a way of hiding or altering one's physical appearance, behavior, voice, or other identifying features, typically in order to conceal one's identity or assume another's. It can also refer to an outward semblance that misrepresents the true nature or character of something or someone.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Disguiseverb

    to change the guise or appearance of; especially, to conceal by an unusual dress, or one intended to mislead or deceive

  2. Disguiseverb

    to hide by a counterfeit appearance; to cloak by a false show; to mask; as, to disguise anger; to disguise one's sentiments, character, or intentions

  3. Disguiseverb

    to affect or change by liquor; to intoxicate

  4. Disguisenoun

    a dress or exterior put on for purposes of concealment or of deception; as, persons doing unlawful acts in disguise are subject to heavy penalties

  5. Disguisenoun

    artificial language or manner assumed for deception; false appearance; counterfeit semblance or show

  6. Disguisenoun

    change of manner by drink; intoxication

  7. Disguisenoun

    a masque or masquerade

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Disguise

    dis-gīz′, v.t. to change the guise or appearance of: to conceal by a dress intended to deceive, or by a counterfeit manner and appearance: to intoxicate (usually 'disguised in liquor')—n. a dress intended to conceal the wearer: a false appearance: change of behaviour in intoxication.—adv. Disguis′edly.—ns. Disguis′edness; Disguise′ment; Disguis′er; Disguis′ing. [O. Fr. desguiserdes, neg., guise, manner, guise.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. disguise

    Ships in all times have been permitted to assume disguise to impose upon enemies, and obtain from countries in their possession commodities of which they stand in need.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of disguise in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of disguise in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of disguise in a Sentence

  1. Joseph Sugarman:

    Not many people are willing to give failure a second opportunity. They fail once and it is all over. The bitter pill of failure is often more than most people can handle. If you are willing to accept failure and learn from it, if you are willing to consider failure as a blessing in disguise and bounce back, you have got the essential of harnessing one of the most powerful success forces.

  2. Mujtaba Rahman:

    The big cost of Brexit for the EU is that it has distracted time, attention and political capital from addressing the real substantive challenges that the EU itself faces, brexit was a team-building exercise where the EU could demonstrate how united they were. But it was really something of a cover to disguise how little they agree on the bigger challenges facing the continent.

  3. Chasten Buttigieg:

    The rain location may be a blessing in disguise because there is such symbolic power in that building and you can see in it the past, the present and the future, i talk so much about how we're not looking to turn back the clock and it's not about retrieving some impossible again. That building is kind of a living symbol of all of that.

  4. Giorgi Gogia:

    They threaten to marginalize and discredit critical voices in the country. This threat is real, under the disguise of transparency, the latest statements by the Georgian authorities strongly suggest that if adopted, the law will be weaponized to further stigmatize and penalize independent groups, media and critical voices in the country.

  5. Isaac Mashman:

    Generational curses are actually blessings in disguise; the mistakes were already made for you, now all you have to do is apply the solutions.

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  • تمويهArabic
  • маскирам, дегизиране, прикривам, маскиранеBulgarian
  • převlekCzech
  • forklædningDanish
  • Tarnung, verstellen, VerkleidungGerman
  • pantalla, tapadera, disfraz, disfrazarSpanish
  • valepuku, naamiointi, valeasu, naamioida, peittää, salata, naamioituaFinnish
  • déguisement, déguiserFrench
  • הסווהHebrew
  • भेषHindi
  • álcáz, álruha, álcaHungarian
  • velizarIdo
  • 変装Japanese
  • преправа, прикрива, престорува, затскриваMacedonian
  • mom, verbergen, maskeren, vermomming, verhullenDutch
  • forkledningNorwegian
  • esconder, disfarce, disfarçarPortuguese
  • deghiza, masca, deghizare, mascareRomanian
  • скрывать, маскироваться, маскировка, замаскироваться, скрытьRussian
  • மறைக்கTamil
  • 伪装Chinese

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