Definition of guise
- attended the masquerade in the guise of a court jester
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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: 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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