guise

noun
\ ˈgīz \

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

Guise

biographical name (1)
\ ˈgēz also ˈgwēz \

Definition of Guise (Entry 2 of 3)

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

Guise

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

America’s youth, whose introduction to computing in increasingly in the guise of Google’s Chromebooks. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Do we need another stripped-down version of Windows? Microsoft apparently thinks so," 3 Dec. 2018 Messi and Ronaldo were the only winners of world soccer’s main individual award from FIFA in various guises since 2008, both winning five titles each. Rob Harris, The Seattle Times, "Modric wins world player of year, ends Ronaldo-Messi duology," 24 Sep. 2018 The Maos are all in various guises, such as Mao the farmer and Mao the ping-pong champion. Steve Bennett, San Antonio Express-News, "1917 Sears bungalow in Beacon Hill home to artist couple, Chairman Maos," 11 June 2018 Some groups argue that Japan runs commercial whaling operations under the guise of science. Casey Quackenbush, Time, "Japanese Hunters Kill 122 Pregnant Minke Whales for 'Scientific Research'," 31 May 2018 But whereas Wegman's famous Weimaraners became his singular muses, appearing over and over again in various guises, Usborne's eyes find the humanity in all breeds. Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle, "Art Daybook: Photographer has a crush for canines," 7 Feb. 2018 Blaming the gangs allows politicians, however, to promote brutal policing under the guise of fighting back. Rachel Kleinfeld, WSJ, "The Violence Driving Migration Isn’t Just Gangs," 9 Nov. 2018 Simon is the fifth person to be criminally charged in the wake of Nassar’s convictions for molesting young female athletes under the guise of treatment. David Eggert, The Seattle Times, "Ex-MSU president charged with lying to police about Nassar," 20 Nov. 2018 This passage has long been used to justify immoral, un-Christian policies under the guise of the government protecting its citizens. Ed Stetzer, Vox, "Fellow evangelicals: stop falling for Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric," 6 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of guise

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for guise

Noun

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

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More Definitions for guise

guise

noun

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

guise

noun
\ ˈgīz \

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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