guise

noun \ ˈgīz \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of guise

1 : a form or style of dress : costume
  • attended the masquerade in the guise of a court jester
2 a obsolete : manner, fashion
b archaic : a customary way of speaking or behaving
3 a : external appearance : semblance
  • The android is a machine in human guise.
b : pretext
  • swindles people under the guise of friendship

Examples of guise in a Sentence

  1. 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

  2. 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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Origin and Etymology of guise

Middle English gise, guise, from Anglo-French, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German wīsa manner — more at wise


Guise

biographical name \ ˈgēz also ˈgwēz \

Definition of Guise

2nd Duc de 1519–1563 François de Lorraine French soldier and politician

Guise

biographical name

Definition of Guise

3rd Duc de 1550–1588 Henri I de Lorraine French soldier and politician


GUISE Defined for English Language Learners

guise

noun

Definition of guise for English Language Learners

  • : 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


GUISE Defined for Kids

guise

noun \ ˈgīz \

Definition of guise for Students

1 : a style of dress
2 : outward appearance The fairy appeared in the guise of an old woman.


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