noun \ˈgīz\

: one of several or many different ways in which something is seen, experienced, or produced

: a way of seeming or looking that is not true or real

Full Definition of GUISE

:  a form or style of dress :  costume
a obsolete :  manner, fashion
b archaic :  a customary way of speaking or behaving
a :  external appearance :  semblance
b :  pretext

Examples of GUISE

  1. <my new neighbor began seeking my company under the guise of friendship, but he turned out to be a member of a religious cult bent on conversion>
  2. <she felt as though she should be wearing some sort of Germanic guise, complete with dirndl, for the fall festival featuring traditional German food and drink>

Origin of GUISE

Middle English gise, guise, from Anglo-French, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German wīsa manner — more at wise
First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with GUISE


biographical name \ˈgēz also ˈgwēz\

Definition of GUISE

2d Duc de 1519–1563 François de Lorraine Fr. soldier & polit.


biographical name

Definition of GUISE

3d Duc de 1550–1588 Henri I de Lorraine Fr. soldier & polit.


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