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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)
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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 doing economic research, Yang began digging into the Great Leap Forward, uncovering the scale of the famine and the degree to which the Communist Party was culpable. Barbara Demick, The Atlantic, "Uncovering the Cultural Revolution’s Awful Truths," 18 Dec. 2020 Caldwell called Anstey a vindictive monomaniac targeting him under the guise of stamping out corruption. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "The American pirate who kicked off one of Hong Kong's earliest major political scandals," 22 Dec. 2020 In the bubble that is Clubhouse, pseudo-intellectual monologues from powerful users can go unchecked, leaving them free to promote racist ideas under the guise of posing legitimate questions or playing devil’s advocate. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "A digital pandemic tops off coronavirus woes," 15 Dec. 2020 The president has mused about running again in 2024 and set up a post-presidential political action committee that’s collecting donations under the guise of contesting this election. Doyle Mcmanus Washington Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Trump does his worst to make Biden’s job even tougher," 25 Nov. 2020 The myth of the mother-god survived in one guise or another among the Greeks, the Babylonians, and the Egyptians; centuries later something akin to it sprang up in southern Europe in the form of the cult of the Virgin Mary. Dorothy Dunbar Bromley, Harper's Magazine, "A Perfect Woman," 24 Nov. 2020 Manly called Farley’s case nearly a mirror image of the one that began against Nassar, convicted of molesting girls for years under the guise of giving them exams. oregonlive, "Women speak out against ‘master manipulator’ Oregon doctor who photographed children’s genitals, performed unwanted exams," 20 Nov. 2020 Under the guise of a technical discussion about liquidity and bond markets, the Treasury and the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors are making crucial political decisions about how government will shape the recovery. Mark Engler, The New Republic, "The Fed Could Help Cash-Strapped Cities and States. Mnuchin Has Other Ideas.," 20 Nov. 2020 The events, done under the guise of providing educational content, were simply a means to provide bribes to doctors, federal prosecutors said. Dylan Tokar, WSJ, "Health-Care Watchdog Warns of Risks Associated With Sponsored Speeches," 16 Nov. 2020

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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 21 Jan. 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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