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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb disguise:

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Definition of the noun disguise

What does disguise mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: disguises

  1. an outward semblance that misrepresents the true nature of something
    • example: the theatrical notion of disguise is always associated with catastrophe in his stories
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of disguise: camouflage
    • more generic words: color / colour / gloss / semblance = an outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading
  2. any attire that modifies the appearance in order to conceal the wearer's identity
  3. the act of concealing the identity of something by modifying its appearance
    • example: he is a master of disguise
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of disguise: camouflage
    • more generic words: concealing / concealment / hiding = the activity of keeping something secret

Alternative definition of the noun disguise


  1. An attire (e.g. clothing) used to hide one's identity or assume another.
  2. [figuratively] The appearance of something on the outside which masks what's beneath.
  3. The act of disguising, notably as a ploy

Definition of the verb disguise

What does disguise mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: disguised | disguising | disguises

  1. make unrecognizable
    • examples: We disguised our faces before robbing the bank | They disguise themselves
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • synonym of disguise: mask
    • more generic words: conceal / hide = prevent from being seen or discovered
    • more specific words:

Alternative definition of the verb disguise


  1. [transitive] To change the appearance of (a person or thing) so as to hide, or to assume an identity.
  2. [transitive] To prevent giving away or revealing (something secret).


  1. Disguise is a musical group.
  2. Disguise is a musical group.
    • album: "Hey Baby"

There are other groups with in their name, like Robots in Disguise and Blessing in Disguise.


  1. "Disguise" is a composition.
  2. "Disguise" is a musical album of Chuck Mangione.
    • released in (31 years ago)
  3. "Disguise" is a musical single of Ivyrise.
    • released on (6 years ago)
  4. "Disguise" is a musical single of Derek & Vis.


"Disguise" is a 2008 novel by the Irish writer Hugo Hamilton set in Germany.

  • language: English Language
  • released on (7 years ago)


Disguise: A disguise can be anything which conceals or changes a person's physical appearance, including a wig, glasses, makeup, costume or other ways. Camouflage is a type of disguise for people, animals and objects. Hats, glasses, change in hair style or wigs, plastic surgery, and make-up are also used.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Disguise

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Google previewMaking Faces, Playing God (2013)

Identity and the Art of Transformational Makeup by Thomas Morawetz

Thus, achieving the perfect disguise is the Mount Everest (or one of the Everests) of the art of makeup. But what cannot be done in...

Even there, however, creating a convincing radical disguise is a challenge. Makeup artists come closest to ...

Google previewCommunes, Sociology and Society (1976)

by Philip Abrams, Andrew McCulloch

You are a better masquerader than the witches and gipsies yonder, for your disguise is a self-deception.' Hawthorne, The Blithedale Romance Much of what has been written about communes and communities is concerned with the problem ...

Google previewMasquerade and Identities (2003)

Essays on Gender, Sexuality and Marginality by Efrat Tseƫlon

The mask is partial covering; disguise is full covering; masquerade is deliberate covering. The mask hints; disguise erases from view; masquerade overstates. The mask is an accessory; disguise is a portrait; masquerade is a caricature.

Google previewA Feast of Creatures (2011)

Anglo-Saxon Riddle-Songs by Craig Williamson

The nonhuman subject taking human disguise is an implicit part of nearly every riddle. 4. Phytomorphic group. The subject is compared to a plant. This is an uncommon form in Old English except where objects were in fact initially plants such ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the English Language ... Abridged from the Rev. H. J. Todd's corrected and enlarged ... edition, by Alexander Chalmers (1824)

by Samuel Johnson, Alexander Chalmers, Henry John TODD (Archdeacon of Cleveland.)

A cover to disguise the face; a visor. Sidney. Any pretence or subterfuge. Prior. A festive entertainment, in which the company is masked. Shakspeare. A revel; a piece of mummery. Daniel. . A dramatick performance, written in a ...

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Jesus in Disguise by Brandon Heath in Sign Language

Jesus in Disguise by Brandon Heath in Sign Language Signing for Worship by Cindy Spevere...

Quotes about Disguise

Every man is a divinity in disguise, a God playing the fool. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
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Scrabble value of D2I1S1G2U1I1S1E1

The value of this 8-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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