Definition of guise in English:


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Pronunciation: /ɡʌɪz


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 fees
More example sentences
  • 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.
likeness, external appearance, appearance, semblance, form, outward form, shape, image, aspect;
disguise, false colours;
costume, clothes, outfit, dress
pretence, 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


Middle English: from Old French, of Germanic origin; related to wise2.

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