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

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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 Carmina Escobar, experimental vocalist Like many experimental vocalists, Escobar is a collection of guises. Jeffrey Fleishman, latimes.com, "Voices of the City: Experimental vocalist Carmina Escobar uses her voice to explore herself and others," 29 Mar. 2018 Thurman's story also reveals, once again, how men in Hollywood often manipulate and abuse their female counterparts under the misogynistic guise of genius. Tyler Coates, Esquire, "If Uma Thurman Is Angry at Quentin Tarantino, Why Shouldn’t I Be?," 5 Feb. 2018 Her third album under this guise follows a time where personal strife forced contemplation, and born from it is her finest work yet. Efrain Dorado, RedEye Chicago, "5 must-see concerts in Chicago this week: Jamila Woods, Alice Glass, Pale Waves," 14 Nov. 2017 America’s youth, whose introduction to computing in increasingly in the guise of Google’s Chromebooks. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Do we need another stripped-down version of Windows? Microsoft apparently thinks so," 3 Dec. 2018 Messi and Ronaldo were the only winners of world soccer’s main individual award from FIFA in various guises since 2008, both winning five titles each. Rob Harris, The Seattle Times, "Modric wins world player of year, ends Ronaldo-Messi duology," 24 Sep. 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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