verb (used with object), dis·guised, dis·guis·ing.
Origin of disguise
Examples from the Web for disguise
And Pope Alexander VI had the painter Pinturicchio disguise his mistress as the Virgin Mary in one fresco.
Tumid and unstoppable, there is little that new wallpaper or re-poured driveways can do to disguise it.
Maybe, then, the Hathahate phenomenon is a blessing in disguise.
Roberts and the Republicans are trying to portray the independent as a Barack Obama supporter who is just a Democrat in disguise.The Independents Who Could Tip the Senate in November|Linda Killian|October 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Rivers, it had emerged, had told them she was Ruth Madoff in disguise, and not to speak to her or approach her when she walked in.
Beneath this disguise was concealed a keen knowledge of art, combined with a ferocious skill in bargaining.A Zola Dictionary|J. G. Patterson
It was wiser to disguise himself as a humble country boy and gall his feet by carrying all his gold in his boots.English Travellers of the Renaissance|Clare Howard
Some of our folk are almost out of their minds about it, and declare you to be either a brigand in disguise or a spy.Dead Souls|Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol
She was very pretty; she looked like a seorita in disguise; the young fellows on the island must be wild over her.The Dead Command|Vicente Blasco Ibez
Lincoln's melancholy was evident to them all, nor did he, indeed, attempt to disguise it.
Word Origin for disguise
c.1300, from Old French desguiser (11c.) "disguise, change one's appearance," from des- "away, off" (see dis-) + guise "style, appearance" (see guise). Originally primarily "to put out of one's usual manner" (of dress, etc.). Oldest sense preserved in phrase disguised with liquor (1560s).
It is most absurdly said, in popular language, of any man, that he is disguised in liquor; for, on the contrary, most men are disguised by sobriety. [Thomas de Quincy, "Confessions of an English Opium-Eater," 1856]
Related: Disguised; disguising.
c.1400, "strange style of dress" (especially one meant to deceive), from disguise (v.).
see blessing in disguise.