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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)
\ 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


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 Cybercriminals also seek personal information from owners and employees under the guise of needing them to create a W-2 or 1099 tax form; at this time of year, business owners’ thoughts are turning to taxes. Washington Post, "Holidays bring phishing scam surge aimed at small business," 4 Dec. 2019 But in their more harmful iterations, these misleading tactics could cause users to hand over personal data under the guise of something benign. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Buyer beware! These are the tricks online stores use to get you buying more stuff," 29 Nov. 2019 His handbook gave his young audience practical tips under the guise of a formal didactic work. Esteban Berché, National Geographic, "Did Ovid's erotic poetry lead to his exile from Rome?," 26 Nov. 2019 Under the guise of upgrading facilities and improving travel conditions, this is really about saving money, as the parent clubs are responsible for assuming minor-league salaries and travel costs. Bruce Jenkins,, "With the Astros, don’t ask how the sausage is made," 22 Nov. 2019 And needless to say, that song and the lyrics give you every opportunity to explore that explicitly under the guise of this big pantomime. Chancellor Agard,, "The Morning Show star Billy Crudup on the 'whirlwind' of singing with Jennifer Aniston," 15 Nov. 2019 This isn't the first time Kiss has toured under the guise of a goodbye — the band staged a farewell tour nearly two decades ago — but this one seems to be the real deal. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Kiss sets closing dates of farewell tour, including one last Detroit visit," 14 Nov. 2019 The next month, Reuben Rankin, a former employee of Enterprise Rent-A-Car near Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport, went to the business under the guise of getting his job back. Eric Heisig, cleveland, "Brothers arrested in Cleveland human trafficking case after feds exchange gunfire during raid, official says," 30 Oct. 2019 Running from May 7 to 24 of that year, Three Weeks in May was a public art installation, a series of performances, a slate of programming, and an unprecedented exercise in collaboration, all under the guise of art. Jillian Steinhauer, The New Republic, "The Art of the Unspeakable," 15 Oct. 2019

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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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8 Dec 2019

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“Guise.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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How to pronounce Guise (audio)

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


\ 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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to state or do over again or repeatedly

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