guise

noun
\ ˈgīz How to pronounce guise (audio) \

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

Guise

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

Guise

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

In all these guises, Casanova was a confidence man, wheeling and dealing for attention and power in Rococo-era Europe — a time of immoderation. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "MFA’s ‘Casanova’ a voluptuous look at a notorious voluptuary," 6 July 2018 Serbs have played at the World Cup in several different guises in the past, reflecting the country's turbulent history as part of the former Yugoslavia and an independent state following that country's disintegration in the 1990s. Mike Corder, chicagotribune.com, "Serbia want to close in on Round of 16 against Switzerland," 21 June 2018 Social robots in many guises – from police officers to restaurant waiters – are appearing in urban public and commercial spaces. Mateja Kovacic, Smithsonian, "What Will the Automated City of the Future Look Like?," 10 Apr. 2018 The group’s reinvention now should distinguish it from an alphabet soup of trade associations representing financial services interests in different guises. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Big banks mount hostile takeover of key trade association," 9 Jan. 2018 Magnus also posts comments on Instagram in the guises of the characters. D. T. Max, The New Yorker, "“SKAM,” the Radical Teen Drama That Unfolds One Post at a Time," 23 Jan. 2017 Under the stewardship of Bert van Marwijk however, this new guise of football for Holland seemed to have a cooler and more professional head to it. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 4 Days to Go - When Oranje Ditched Total Football in 2010 to Near-Perfection," 10 June 2018 In his labyrinthine path toward avenging the murder of his father (Barry Kraft) by killing his uncle Claudius (Rod Gnapp), Hamlet tears through guises. Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle, "Youth gives some new energy to Marin Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet,’ but not enough," 2 June 2018 In this way, the auteur phase of starchitecture has ended with a whimper, as its leading figure presents an array of consumer experiences and corporate consulting under the thin guise of a singular vision. Kyle Chayka, The New Republic, "From architect to tastemaker, Bjarke Ingels is designing the future.," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of guise

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for guise

Noun

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

noun

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

guise

noun
\ ˈgīz How to pronounce guise (audio) \

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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