- An external form, appearance, or manner of presentation, typically concealing the true nature of something: he visited in the guise of an inspector sums paid under the guise of consultancy feesMore example sentences
likeness, external appearance, appearance, semblance, form, outward form, shape, image, aspect; disguise, false colours; costume, clothes, outfit, dresspretence, false show, false front, false display, show, front, facade, illusion, cover, blind, screen, smokescreen, masquerade, posture, pose, act, charade• informal put-on, put-up job
- The pattern of ceremonial appearance in the guise of a god is not restricted to females.
- Martin, we have grown accustomed to seeing your pantomime stooge adopting all manner of superhero guises.
- Each assumes several guises as they portray several characters in order to tell the tale of one central character.
Middle English: from Old French, of Germanic origin; related to wise2.