- 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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- 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.
Examples from the Web for guise
Campaigns often exchange outrageous attacks but to do so in the guise of a government mailer is quite unusual.Grimes Campaign “Exploring Legal Options” Against McConnell
October 31, 2014
And under the guise of exercise there exists a community that welcomes them with open arms.#ButtSchool - How Porn Stars Work Out: Pop Physique Promises the Perfect Derriere
August 23, 2014
During the chaos, many old grudges were settled, sometimes under the guise of overdue justice.The ‘GOT’ Red Viper and Mountain Duel, and a History of Medieval Trial by Combat
June 3, 2014
These changes are being made under the guise of fixing a country on the verge of collapse.Australia Wants to Open the Great Barrier Reef to Dumping
June 2, 2014
Some say the nudity in Game of Thrones is exploitation under the guise of ‘sexposition.’Why ‘Game of Thrones’ Loves Porn Stars
May 17, 2014
For the time, fear had been routed by growth, while growth had assumed the guise of curiosity.White Fang
The shepherds assume the guise of gentleness and simplicity.Imogen
His first visit to the Morton apartment that day had been in the guise of a workman.The Film of Fear
The Indians, under the guise of peace, were plotting a general massacre.King Philip
John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
For the first time, he saw the woman whom he had loved, in her rightful woman's guise.Murder Point
- 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 guise
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).