guide·​line ˈgīd-ˌlīn How to pronounce guideline (audio)
: a line by which one is guided: such as
: a cord or rope to aid a passer over a difficult point or to permit retracing a course
: an indication or outline of policy or conduct

Examples of guideline in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As always, be sure to double check event and venue websites for any last-minute changes in health guidelines. Randy McMullen, The Mercury News, 13 June 2024 At a committee hearing in January, Weber, a physician, questioned whether there was enough legitimate medical research for California to craft a set of therapeutic guidelines by 2026, according to CalMatters. Michael Smolens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 June 2024 While there aren’t firm guidelines, studies have found that between 2.5 and 20 g of hydrolyzed collagen can be effective. Lorena Meouchi, Vogue, 12 June 2024 The guidelines take into consideration the fact that people with darker skin tones are at lower risk of sunburn and skin cancer than people with lighter skin tones, and can safely withstand more exposure. Keren Landman, Vox, 10 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for guideline 

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Word History

First Known Use

1785, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of guideline was in 1785

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Cite this Entry

“Guideline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


guide·​line ˈgīd-ˌlīn How to pronounce guideline (audio)
: a line by which one is guided
: an outline of standards for future policy or action
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