[ gahyz ]
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  1. general external appearance; aspect; semblance: an old principle in a new guise.

  2. assumed appearance or mere semblance: under the guise of friendship.

  1. style of dress: in the guise of a shepherd.

  2. Archaic. manner; mode.

verb (used with object),guised, guis·ing.
  1. to dress; attire: children guised as cowboys.

verb (used without object),guised, guis·ing.
  1. Scot. and North England. to appear or go in disguise.

Origin of guise

1175–1225; (noun) Middle English g(u)ise<Old French <Germanic; see wise2: (v.) Middle English gisen, derivative of the noun

synonym study For guise

1. See appearance.

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Other definitions for Guise (2 of 2)

[ geez ]

  1. Fran·çois de Lor·raine [frahn-swaduhlaw-ren], /frɑ̃ˈswa də lɔˈrɛn/, 2nd Duc de, 1519–63, French general and statesman.

  2. his son, Hen·ri I de Lorraine [ahn-ree], /ɑ̃ˈri/, Duc de, 1550–88, French general and leader of opposition to the Huguenots. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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British Dictionary definitions for guise


/ (ɡaɪz) /

  1. semblance or pretence: under the guise of friendship

  2. external appearance in general

  1. archaic manner or style of dress

  2. obsolete customary behaviour or manner

  1. dialect to disguise or be disguised in fancy dress

  2. (tr) archaic to dress or dress up

Origin of guise

C13: from Old French guise, of Germanic origin; see wise ²

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