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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 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 Soccer hooligans and far-right activists gathered near the Churchill statue on Saturday under the guise of guarding historic monuments., "US Embassy in Seoul removes Black Lives Matter banner, two days after it was unfurled," 15 June 2020 One key plank of the Barr doctrine is the notion that American conservatism in its Reaganite guise is the guiding model for governing American life. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Bill Barr’s Invisible Crusade," 8 June 2020 Despite the unease, more than 1,000 health professionals have signed a letter expressing their concern that the protests could be shut down under the guise of coronavirus protections. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, "What you need to know about coronavirus on Sunday, June 7," 7 June 2020 The image of a struggling small business owner elicits more sympathy than the faceless chain stores, and in a sense authorizes aggressive police actions under the guise of keeping them contained. Alexandra Ossola, Quartz, "The “rioters vs. businesses” narrative is just a distraction from the real problem," 2 June 2020 Many of them were brought to these various locations under the guise that they were being hired to give Epstein massages. Sarah Midkiff,, "Two Sisters Tried Expose Jeffrey Epstein Over 20 Years Ago — But No One Listened," 28 May 2020 Offices are one of the first things that may emerge in a different guise as a result of the pandemic. Los Angeles Times, "Essential Arts: L.A. architects imagine the pandemic reset," 30 May 2020 Others might ask whether his focus on the small-scale politics of slum life are really just a guise of left-wing defeatism that has given up on the promise of revolutionary change that thrilled him in his youth. Will Noah, The New York Review of Books, "Pedro Costa, Filming the Saga of Lisbon’s Cabo Verdeans," 3 Mar. 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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Cite this Entry

“Guise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 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


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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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