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Definition of guise

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a form or style of dress : costume attended the masquerade in the guise of a court jester
2a obsolete : manner, fashion
b archaic : a customary way of speaking or behaving
3a : external appearance : semblance The android is a machine in human guise.
b : pretext swindles people under the guise of friendship


biographical name (1)
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Definition of Guise (Entry 2 of 3)

2nd Duc de 1519–1563 François de Lorraine French soldier and politician


biographical name (2)

Definition of Guise (Entry 3 of 3)

3rd Duc de 1550–1588 Henri I de Lorraine French soldier and politician

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Examples of guise in a Sentence

Noun 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 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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun More than 350 girls and young women have said they were abused by the longtime team physician for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State, often under the guise of medical treatment. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Olympic champion Simone Biles graces Vogue cover, opens up in interview," 9 July 2020 Maxwell was a confidante to Epstein for decades, and she has been accused of helping recruit and groom young girls for Epstein under the guise of helping them with modeling and educational opportunities., "Ghislaine Maxwell Arrested By FBI In Connection With Jeffrey Epstein Sex Trafficking," 2 July 2020 This culture of indifference is only reinforced when men such as Simmons receive carte blanche to publicly besmirch their accusers—especially under the guise of social justice. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Why Don’t Black Women Matter to Hip-Hop?," 2 July 2020 Branson Dixie Outfitters thanked supporters on Facebook on Wednesday before blaming socialists and anarchists for coming to their store under the guise of a peaceful protest only to instigate violence. Fox News, "Missouri woman filmed saying she'll teach grandkids to hate BLM, vowing 'KKK belief' apologizes after losing job," 25 June 2020 The women share in the movie how Nassar would touch them inappropriately under the guise of performing medical treatments. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "The Story Behind Netflix's Athlete A, a New Documentary About the USA Gymnastics Sex Abuse Scandal," 24 June 2020 Masked under the guise of the right hashtags, boogaloo boi content has even proliferated on TikTok, despite the platform's struggle to contain it within its user policy. Sarah Midkiff,, "Who Are The Boogaloo Bois? These Hawaiian Shirt-Wearing, Gun-Toting Americans Want War," 19 June 2020 More than 350 girls and young women, including Biles, Raisman and fellow Olympic gold medalists McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas, have said they were abused by Nassar, often under the guise of medical treatment. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Larry Nassar survivors ask DOJ to release report on FBI's delays in sexual abuse investigation," 18 June 2020 However, once permits were issued to unscrupulous front companies from Asia, the systematic stripping of the coast commenced with exports packed and sent out of the Cape and Johannesburg all under the legal guise of a legitimate business. Chris Alden, Quartz Africa, "A South African proposal to allow the breeding of wildlife for slaughter could end in disaster," 15 June 2020

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First Known Use of guise


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for guise


Middle English gise, guise, from Anglo-French, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German wīsa manner — more at wise

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14 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Guise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of guise

: 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


\ ˈgīz How to pronounce guise (audio) \

Kids Definition of guise

1 : a style of dress
2 : outward appearance The fairy appeared in the guise of an old woman.

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