Definition of disguise noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dɪsˈɡaɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈɡaɪz//
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] a thing that you wear or use to change your appearance so that people do not recognize you She wore glasses and a wig as a disguise. The star travelled in disguise (= wearing a disguise). A vote for the Greens is just a Labour vote in disguise.
  2. 2[uncountable] the art of changing your appearance so that people do not recognize you He is a master of disguise.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English (meaning ‘change one's usual style of dress’, with no implication of concealing one's identity): from Old French desguisier. More Like This Silent letters gnarled, gnash, gnat, gnaw, gnome haute cuisine, heir, (NAmE herb), honour, hors d’oeuvre, hour knack, knee, kneel, knife, knight, knit, knob, knock, knot, know, knuckle psalm, psephology, psychic, ptarmigan, pterodactyl, psychology wrangle, wrap, wreath, wreck, wrench, wrestle, wriggle, wring, write, wrong bomb, climb, crumb, doubt, lamb, limb ascent, fascinate, muscle, scene, scissors height, right, sleigh, weight align, campaign, design, foreign, malign, reign, unfeigned balmy, calm, calf, half, yolk autumn, column, condemn, damn, hymn, solemn bristle, fasten, listen, mortgage, soften, thistle, wrestle biscuit, build, circuit, disguise, guilty, league, rogue, vague yacht answer, sword, twoSee worksheet. Extra examplesHis angelic look is just a disguise. She adopted an elaborate disguise to help her pass through the town unrecognized. State regulation often served as a thin disguise for corruption. The star travelled in disguise. We all saw through his disguise immediately. Losing your job might turn out to be a blessing in disguise. The girl in the park turned out to be a policewoman in disguise.Idioms something that seems to be a problem at first, but that has good results in the end
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