\ ˈgīz How to pronounce guise (audio) \

Definition of guise

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

Examples of guise in a Sentence

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
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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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\ 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.

Guise biographical name (1)

\ ˈgēz also ˈgwēz How to pronounce Guise (audio) \

Definition of Guise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


biographical name (2)

Definition of Guise (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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