\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


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


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

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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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