from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To modify the manner or appearance of in order to prevent recognition.
- transitive v. To furnish with a disguise.
- transitive v. To conceal or obscure by dissemblance or false show; misrepresent: disguise one's true intentions.
- n. The act or an instance of disguising.
- n. The condition of being disguised.
- n. Clothes or accessories worn to conceal one's true identity.
- n. Appearance that misrepresents the true character of something: a blessing in disguise.
- n. A pretense or misrepresentation: His repeated references to his dangerous hobbies were only a disguise to cover up his insecurity.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An attire (e.g. clothing) used to hide one's identity or assume another.
- n. The appearance of something on the outside which masks what's beneath.
- n. The act of disguising, notably as a ploy
- v. To change the appearance of (a person or thing) so as to hide, or to assume an identity.
- v. To prevent giving away or revealing (something secret).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To change the guise or appearance of; especially, to conceal by an unusual dress, or one intended to mislead or deceive.
- transitive v. To hide by a counterfeit appearance; to cloak by a false show; to mask
- transitive v. To affect or change by liquor; to intoxicate.
- n. A dress or exterior put on for purposes of concealment or of deception.
- n. Artificial language or manner assumed for deception; false appearance; counterfeit semblance or show.
- n. Change of manner by drink; intoxication.
- n. A masque or masquerade.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To conceal the personal identity of, by changes of guise or usual appearance, such as those produced by differences in dress or in the hair or beard, the use of a mask, etc.
- To conceal or cover up the real or original character of by a counterfeit form or appearance; cloak by false show, deceptive statement or speech, or an artificial manner: as, to disguise the handwriting; to disguise the taste of a drug; to disguise sentiments or intentions.
- To alter the appearance of; make difficult of recognition by some change not intended for concealment.
- To change in voice or behavior by the use of strong drink; intoxicate.
- To distinguish by a difference of form or guise.
- Synonyms Simulate, etc. (see dissemble), mask, veil.
- n. That which disguises; something that serves or is intended for concealment of identity, character, or quality; a deceptive covering, condition, manner, etc.
- n. The act of disguising, or the state of being disguised; a false or misleading appearance; concealment under a disguised form, manner, etc.: as, his attempted disguise was unsuccessful; a thief in disguise.
- n. Change of behavior and utterance by drink; intoxication.
- n. A masque; an interlude.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of concealing the identity of something by modifying its appearance
- n. any attire that modifies the appearance in order to conceal the wearer's identity
- v. make unrecognizable
- n. an outward semblance that misrepresents the true nature of something
Middle English disguisen, from Old French desguiser : des-, dis- + guise, manner; see guise.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English disgisen, disguisen, borrowed from Old French desguiser (modern déguiser), itself derived from des- "dis-" (from Latin dis-) + guise "guise" (from a Germanic source). (Wiktionary)