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

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


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

In what’s described as the traditional Chinese way, the family decides to keep the truth from its matriarch, and speeds up plans for a wedding that will bring everyone back home under the guise of a celebration that is really a farewell. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘The Farewell’ Review: Tiptoeing Through a Family Charade," 11 July 2019 Epstein enticed the minors — some as young as 14, according to court documents — under the guise of giving him massages for several hundred dollars. Deanna Paul, The Denver Post, "Jeffrey Epstein, the politically connected financier with ties to Trump and Clinton," 8 July 2019 But any notion the pair would remain together within the church ended in 2013, when Fenner was allegedly violently assaulted for more than two hours under the guise of prayer. Jeff Truesdell,, "Why Church ‘Cult’ Survivor is Speaking Out: ‘I Fear They’re Going to Kill Somebody’," 8 July 2019 In 2017, Fitzgerald told then-Attorney General Bill Schuette there was no evidence that school officials knew Nassar was molesting young female athletes under the guise of treatment. CBS News, "Michigan State authorizes independent investigation into how it handled Larry Nassar allegations," 21 June 2019 Japan continued whaling in international waters after 1986 under the guise of scientific research. Rachel Fobar, National Geographic, "Whale watching in Japan is on the rise, even as commercial hunts are set to resume," 15 Mar. 2019 For Amazon, voice shopping could create a new way to direct customers to its own products, under the guise of convenience. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "Hey Alexa, Why Is Voice Shopping So Lousy?," 17 June 2019 Brehmer and McIntosh are accused of driving with Hoffman to Thunderbird Falls in Chugiak on June 2 under the guise of going on a hiking trip. Madeline Mcgee, Anchorage Daily News, "Indiana man offered millions of dollars to teens to kill Cynthia Hoffman, new charges say," 15 June 2019 The media frenzy over what the Donald says and does is precisely entertainment under the guise of politics., "Feedback: After the Tonys, readers want to know — are awards shows broken?," 15 June 2019

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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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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


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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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