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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

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 Under the guise of pandemic relief, some Democratic state lawmakers want to reimburse movie producers for up to 30% of their expenses. Pat Garofalo And Michael Lafaive, WSJ, 4 June 2021 Pose wasn’t just pivotal for the diversity of its cast, but also the depiction of trans individuals under the guise of Janet Mock and Ryan Murphy. Malik Peay, Essence, 3 June 2021 Most of those changes are introduced under the guise of election security or combating election fraud. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 June 2021 Many of these bills target trans kids under the guise of protecting women's sports. Lz Granderson, ABC News, 1 June 2021 To refuse humiliation under the guise of professionalism. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, 1 June 2021 Under the guise of communicating, the leader used the pulpit to lead others to their way of thinking. Gregory Salsburg, Forbes, 27 May 2021 The video of Floyd’s fatal arrest (still controversial despite a contentious trial) is credited for kick-starting the global spread of the Black Lives Matter movement under the guise of moral outrage. Armond White, National Review, 26 May 2021 Only a madman gives his crown jewels away, yet that is what many in this country have suggested, albeit under the guise of enabling less fortunate nations to have access to vaccine supply as quickly as possible. Rita Numerof, Forbes, 25 May 2021

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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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“Guise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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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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