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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
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1. form, shape.

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1. See appearance.
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Related Words for guising

drape, swaddle, swathe, fit, cloak, disguise, attire, equip, dress, gown, vest, habit, accouter, garb, mantle, costume, spruce, rig, array, endue

British Dictionary definitions for guising


  1. (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
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Derived Formsguiser, noun


  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 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).

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