- 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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- (in Scotland and N England) the practice or custom of disguising oneself in fancy dress, often with a mask, and visiting people's houses, esp at Halloween
- 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 guising
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).