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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.
  3. style of dress: in the guise of a shepherd.
  4. Archaic. manner; mode.
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verb (used with object), guised, guis·ing.
  1. to dress; attire: children guised as cowboys.
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verb (used without object), guised, guis·ing.
  1. Scot. and North England. to appear or go in disguise.
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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 confusedguise guys

Synonyms for guise

1. form, shape.

Synonym study

1. See appearance.
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Related Words for guises

disguise, fashion, show, color, mask, demeanor, shape, aspect, facade, air, dress, simulacrum, mien, cloak, role, semblance, form, showing, pose, front

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British Dictionary definitions for guises


  1. semblance or pretenceunder the guise of friendship
  2. external appearance in general
  3. archaic manner or style of dress
  4. obsolete customary behaviour or manner
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  1. dialect to disguise or be disguised in fancy dress
  2. (tr) archaic to dress or dress up
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Word Origin for guise

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

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