• (RP) IPA: /dɪsˈɡaɪz/, /dɪzˈɡaɪz/
  • (GA) IPA: /dɪsˈɡaɪz/, /dɪˈskaɪz/


  1. Material (such as clothing, makeup, a wig) used to alter one’s visual appearance in order to hide one's identity or assume another.
    ''A cape and moustache completed his disguise.
  2. (figuratively) The appearance of something on the outside which masks what's beneath.
  3. The act of disguising, notably as a ploy.
    ''Any disguise may expose soldiers to be deemed enemy spies.
  4. (archaic) A change of behaviour resulting from intoxication.
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  • Italian: travestimento

disguise (disguises, present participle disguising; past and past participle disguised)

  1. (transitive) To change the appearance of (a person or thing) so as to hide, or to assume an identity.
    Spies often disguise themselves.
    • 1911, Thomas Babington Macaulay, “[https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/1911_Encyclop%C3%A6dia_Britannica/Bunyan,_John Bunyan, John]”, in 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica:
      Bunyan was forced to disguise himself as a wagoner.
  2. (transitive) To avoid giving away or revealing (something secret); to hide by a false appearance.
    He disguised his true intentions.
  3. (archaic) To affect or change by liquor; to intoxicate.
    • I have just left the right worshipful, and his myrmidons, about a sneaker or five gallons; the whole magistracy was pretty well disguised before I gave them the slip.
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