[ gahyz ]
/ gaɪz /


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.

verb (used with object), guised, guis·ing.

to dress; attire: children guised as cowboys.

verb (used without object), guised, guis·ing.

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

Can be confused

guise guys

Synonym study

1. See appearance.

Definition for guise (2 of 2)


[ geez ]
/ giz /


Fran·çois de Lor·raine [frahn-swa duh law-ren] /frɑ̃ˈswa də lɔˈrɛn/, 2nd Duc de,1519–63, French general and statesman.
his sonHen·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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for guise


/ (ɡaɪz) /


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 for guise

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