- general external appearance; aspect; semblance: an old principle in a new guise.
- assumed appearance or mere semblance: under the guise of friendship.
- style of dress: in the guise of a shepherd.
- Archaic. manner; mode.
- to dress; attire: children guised as cowboys.
- Scot. and North England. to appear or go in disguise.
Origin of guise
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Examples from the Web for guises
This moral ambiguity is present throughout The Hunger Games, in a myriad of guises.Young Adult Novel Adaptations Put Mainstream Blockbusters to Shame
June 14, 2014
Which isn't exactly news, but bears repeating and repeating in all its guises and forms.Republicans Against the Pentagon
May 24, 2012
She gladly transferred all the power of the realm to her uncles, the Guises.Henry IV, Makers of History
John S. C. Abbott
They were headed by one Besme, who had been bred up as a domestic in the family of the Guises.Fox's Book of Martyrs
But it was at Amboise that the vengeance of the Guises found its widest scope.
As the summer advanced the perplexities of the Guises increased.
The Guises on one side, and the Huguenots on the other, cannot be controlled.Historical Tales, Vol. 6 (of 15)
- semblance or pretenceunder the guise of friendship
- external appearance in general
- archaic manner or style of dress
- obsolete customary behaviour or manner
- dialect to disguise or be disguised in fancy dress
- (tr) archaic to dress or dress up
Word Origin and History for guises
late 13c., "style or fashion of attire," from Old French guise "manner, fashion, way," from Frankish *wisa or some similar Germanic source (cf. Old High German wisa "manner, wise;" see wise (n.)). Sense of "assumed appearance" is from 1660s, from earlier meaning "mask, disguise" (c.1500).